See the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland
If you’ve ever wondered how the universe was created and what it’s made up of, then you need to visit CERN on the Swiss/French border. CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) is one of the world’s foremost centres for scientific research. Scientists focus on the study of particle physics using the Large Hadron Collider – a 27-kilometre giant ring located in an underground tunnel beneath the facility. The LHC as its known for short, uses superconducting magnets to accelerate particles so tiny you can’t even view them through a microscope, let alone the naked eye. Travelling close to the speed of light, two opposing particle beams collide together, causing an event which enables physicists to learn more about the universe. The discovery of Higgs Boson on July 4th, 2012 was the biggest achievement of the LHC to date. If you wish to learn more, you can visit CERN, see the collider from above and take a guided tour of main research station – The Atlas Project. There are several exhibitions to browse and behind the scenes tours are available but remember to book in advance to avoid disappointment.