Scientists Decided to Turn off the World’s Most Powerful Particle Accelerator


The Large Hadron Collider, also known as LHC, is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. It is situated in Geneva, Switzerland, near the Swiss-French border and ”lives” in a 17-mile ring. So far, its contribution has been priceless for the science world, but now scientists decided to turn it off for the next two years.

Their decision is not caused by any malfunction which could affect the LHC’s accuracy. The reason why they’re shutting the particle accelerator down is that they want to upgrade it, along with the auxiliary equipment.

After the two-year break, the LHC will have been put up to date and will be ready to re-start its activity. According to the team who administrate this amazing giant, the Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in 2021.

Scientists are expecting perfect functionality and flawless results after the LHC is updated

Even if they will have to manage without the LHC for two years, scientists are very optimistic about the update. They are hoping that this process will turn the particle accelerator into a top-notch machine to assist them in uncovering more secretes from the Universe’s existence.

Also, the Hadron Collider could start producing four times more perfect particles, the so-called “God particles”. An improvement could give scientists a clearer picture of what the sub-atomic world is all about. In addition, the LHC will be able to perform extremely accurate measurements, giving scientists the possibility to observe rare processes which involve fundamental particles.

This is not the first time when the LHC is turned off. Two years ago, the powerful particle accelerator has been temporarily shut down because of a…weasel. That’s right, the furry rascal chewed the wiring of a machine that is worth over £3.74 billion!

Experiments conducted with the Large Hadron Collider won’t be affected by the shutdown. Scientists concluded all running experiments and now they can start getting ready for the long update.


Laura grew up in a small town in northern Quebec. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Laura is an advocate for people with disabilities.


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