Big Bang experiment successfully started
After a series of trial runs, two white dots flashed on a computer screen at 1.56 pm IST, indicating the protons had travelled clockwise around a 27-km underground ring of the $3.8 billion Large Hadron Collider, described as the biggest physics experiment in history. Five hours later, scientists successfully fired a beam counterclockwise. This unique experiment is being conducted by project leader Lyn Evans under the auspices of CERN, Geneva.
Eventually two beams will be fired at the same time in opposite directions with the aim of recreating conditions a split second after the big bang, which scientists theorise was the massive explosion that created the universe. The collider is designed to push the proton beam close to the speed of light.