Scientists are building the most powerful particle accelerator on Earth – the Large Hadron Collider – to help them recreate the conditions immediately after the Big Bang. By looking for the very smallest particles, they hope to be able to answer some of the biggest questions about our universe.
The Large Hadron Collider is a 27 km ring buried deep underground. At its heart, beams of particles hurtle around the ring at almost the speed of light. Hi-tech equipment will record what’s happening when the particles smash together, enabling scientists to explore new frontiers in our understanding of energy, matter, space and time.
The exhibition is supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.