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The largest experiment ever undertaken by humans, the LHC, now has a few images to show us. Images here are the result of ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment), ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS) and the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid), and closely simulate the beginning of the universe, or the Big Bang. Temperature during this experiment would have been close to ten trillion degrees, a million times hotter than the centre of the Sun.

At such temperatures, even sub atomic particles like protons and neutrons melt, resulting in “a hot dense soup of quarks and gluons known as a quark-gluon plasma.” CERN transitioned from protons to lead ions in the LHC on November 4, and the first collisions took place on November 7.

Via: CERN, BBC, Gizmodo