Let’s just hope everything works fine… Because otherwise the entire world may be sucked into the first human-created black hole!
Update: The test has finished and…. we are still alive! Well, for the while, at least! Thats because the experiment did not actually collide any particles yet, it just served to test the creation of the clockwise and counter-clockwise beams, without crossing each other. The Cern team hasn’t yet announced when it will start smashing particles together, but low-energy collision may happen as soon as the next few days.
Update 2: The countdown has started again. The deadline is now October 21, 2008!
Note: It’s obvious the Large Hadron Collider will not “create a mammoth black hole that will swallow up the earth“. While it may look as a giant device in our human eyes, in universe terms it lacks even the tiniest fraction of the power needed to create such – still hipothetical – black holes. The countdown exists because a lot of things may change in the way we comprehend the universe. Things that till today have only been predicted by theory may finally be observed in the real world.