Nestled between the border of France and Switzerland is the Large Hadron Collider: a 27 kilometre ring of superconducting magnets put together by over 10,000 physicists and engineers from 100 countries, best known for proving the existence of the Higgs boson, or “God Particle”.
Now Queenslanders can take a closer look at the world’s largest machine in an exhibition at Queensland Museum.
The exhibition takes you behind the scenes at the particle physics lab at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, and is touted as “closest experience possible to visiting the famous site.”
Queensland Museum Network CEO and Director Professor Suzanne Miller said from today, museum visitors can be virtually transported to the world famous CERN laboratory.
“Exhibitions like this inspire people to better understand and appreciate the way science is continually refining and expanding our knowledge of the universe,” Professor Miller said, going on to explain that while many people have heard of the LHC, they may not understand its purpose.
“Thousands of scientists are working in the LHC to improve our understanding of the building blocks of life,” she said. “This immersive exhibition uses tangible elements to help explain particle physics and quantum mechanics”.
You can talk to virtual scientists, walk the tunnels of CERN, explore the control room and stand in the heart of a particle collision to relive an historical moment of scientific discovery.
Hadron Collider: Step inside the world’s greatest experiment is on at Queensland Museum from today (9 December 2016) until 25 April 2017. Tickets are on sale now through QTIX or by calling 13 62 46. Tickets cost: Adults $15, Children $12, Concession $13.50, Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $45.
More information is available on the website.