Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What the Big Bang experiment part 2 is

It's being called a new beginning for our understanding of the universe and particle physics. After lengthy delays, the multi-billion dollar scientific experiment to smash protons moving at near light-speed has been successful.

The experiment has taken place inside the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator near Geneva belonging to the the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. Inside the accelerator, two beams of particles travel at close to the speed of light with very high energies before colliding with one another.

  • Physicists will use the Large Hadron Collider to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang, by colliding the two beams head-on at very high energy.
  • Analysis of data could lead to the discovery of the Higgs Boson, also called the 'God particle,' which is believed to have existed when the universe was born
  • Scientists hope to make discoveries into mysterious dark matter that they believe comprises a quarter of the whole universe. The better understood visible universe makes up only five per cent of the universe.
  • Scientists says dark matter has been theorised by scientists to account for missing mass and bent light in faraway galaxies. Some say that it makes galaxies spin faster.