CERN LHC

Yesterday me, a friend and his colleague visited the doomsday device in Geneva.

I didn’t expect so many people to find something boring like physics so interesting ;-)

People stood already in line when we showed up at 9:30, half an hour after opening.

At about 12:30 we were at the front of the queue and got tickets to visit the LHC tunnel at 16:00 ;-(

So we went out for lunch an checked out the other sights on the CERN campus.

After some more queuing at 16:00 we finally got in. All in all it was very impressive, but a bit short for all the waiting time.

When we got out, the queue for the ATLAS detector seemed reasonably short. So we decided to give it a shot. After about 20 minutes we were in the next batch of people to enter the caves.

They showed us a presentation and a 3D movie, and then we took the elevator down to the cavern.

It was an absolutely gigantic apparatus. The most complex piece of technology in the biggest man-made cave.

Check out the pictures:
ATLAS Cave
ATLAS Cave
LHC Tunnel
LHC Tunnel
LHC Tunnel
Elevator

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