Tomorrow, September 10th, 2008, scientists will activate the machine and send one proton beam at the speed of light down the 17-mile tunnel to collide with the second particle.
Why? To imitate what happened in the Big Bang itself. Except on a much smaller scale. And the scientists hope to eventually discover what the universe itself is made out of when the particles collide and produce… some result.
Sify News is fuzzy about how the experiment may take up to 8 weeks to adjust the beams in the Hadron Collider perfectly to ensure particle collision on the other end of the tunnel. First collisions are expected between October 8th and November 5th.
Click read the rest of this entry to read about the controversy surrounding it:
Question: What do you think? Do you think the experiment will be successful? Do you think scientists will discover what the universe is made of? If they do, what will they do with the knowledge of it?