Tomorrow, about lunch time, we’re all gonna be doomed.
Scientists in France and Switzland are going to switch on a $9bn experiment which contains a ‘slight’ chance of creating black holes. On Earth.
For anyone that doesn’t know what a Black Hole is, it’s one of the most destructive things in nature. Nothing can escape from it, not even light (which is why it’s called a black hole).
So, about this time tomorrow, scientists are going to switch on this machine which they are ‘reasonably’ sure won’t create a black hole. Just like they were ‘reasonably sure’ there would be no long term effects from a nuclear bomb blast.
The aim of the experiment is to recreate conditions just a billionth of a second after the big bang (you know, it all began with nothing. Which exploded). It accelerates particles to near light speed, and recklessly smashes them together “to see what happens”.
So, what’s it going to be? A black hole or a big bang?
We’ll find out tomorrow. Only, we probably won’t because we’ll never know what hit us.
If you are truly nerdy enough to want to find out more, check out what the BBC is merrily calling “Big Bang Day“.
Right, time to make a tin foil hat and retreat to my country bunker. I may be gone some time…
(for anyone nerdy enough to understand this post, we’re really not going to die in a big explosion or get sucked in to a black hole, but a little paranoia never hurt anyone 🙂 )