If you're in New England, you know what I'm talking about -- the epic flooding is beyond crazy.
But, I digress...what was I going to post about? Something big....Oh yeah.
The LHC is the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, 27km (roughly 17 mi) in circumference, spanning the France-Switzerland border. It's purpose is to smash protons together at very high speeds and energies, replicating conditions before the Big Bang. Physicists hope to use data from the LHC to address some major questions we have about our universe, such as the origin of mass, the grand unification of forces and the presence of abundant dark matter in the universe.
A few days ago, the LHC started collisions. THE LHC STARTED COLLISIONS!! (I get giddy just thinking about it). Hopefully some of you managed to catch the live webcast -- it was pretty cool and full of happy physicists. Cern also has posted a press release, which is also full of happy physicists. Yay happy physicists!
Moving to Lunar news, even more evidence has been found for usable water on the moon, in an old Apollo mission lunar surface picture, no less. This little gem popped up at me this morning from Astronomy Picture of the Day -- check it out!