It might not look spectacular, but that image is the display of the first collision in CERN‘s  Large Hadron Collider. The first collision took place November 23, 2009.  It’s been a long time coming, construction started on the LHC in 1983, and there have been many problems, including a big malfuntion, a terrorist scientist, and a fowl accident, all of which lead to some people questioning whether the LHC is being sabotaged by it’s own future. But now that they’ve succeeded in colliding particles, they look pretty happy.

Somewhat related: Anatoli Bugorski, the only known person to stick his head in a particle accelerator proton beam and live.

I guess now’s the time to show you this.