Much like the particles that fly around the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at lightning speed, if you blink you might miss it.
The touring exhibition, Hadron Collider: Step Inside The World’s Greatest Experiment is in its final weeks at the Queensland Museum.
The exhibition allows you to experience inside the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) which is home to the LHC.
The world’s largest machine is hidden deep underneath the border of France and Switzerland and cost approximately £2.6 billion to construct.
The LHC produces 15 million gigabytes of data per annum and each day 10,000 scientists from around the world work to better understand the fundamentals that make up the universe as we know it.
The work of CERN is world renowned, most famously for its discovery of the Higgs Boson Particle back in 2012.
The Higgs Boson particle is of significance to the Standard Model of particle physics, which is a theory that explains the central forces in the universe.
Visitors can step inside the world’s greatest experiment and experience a behind-the-scenes look at a particle physics lab and immerse themselves in the heart of a particle collision.
Queensland Museum’s Deputy CEO and Director of Collections, Research and Learning, Alex Hayward says the exhibition celebrates a working monument to human curiosity and achievement.
“The LHC has captured the imaginations of people worldwide and we are delighted to give visitors an opportunity to see it through the eyes of the scientists behind its design and operation,” he says.
Since opening in December 2016 more than 50,000 people have enjoyed the Queensland Museum’s exhibition.
“Exhibitions like Hadron Collider: Step Inside The World’s Greatest Experiment inspire people to recognise the amazing achievements of scientists around the world, and to appreciate the enormous impact they have on our lives,” Hayward says.
The exhibition was developed by the Science Museum in London and is the closest experience possible to visiting the famous site.
Hadron Collider: Step Inside The World’s Greatest Experiment will close on 25 April 2017.
Tickets are on sale through QTIX or by calling 13 62 46. Visit www.qm.qld.gov.au/hadroncollider for more information.