At CERN today, they are attempting to collide beams at 7TeV for the first time. As I started this post they just had to dump beam 2 as it wasn't behaving as they wished. This was due to a power supply glitch. It'll take at least 30-40 minutes to inject and ramp up a new beam to the appropriate energy once the problem is fixed.
They've now injected two beams, the beams are looking good and at just before noon CEST, 11:00am BST or 10:00am UCT they've started to ramp up the beams - as I post the beams are up to 901GeV (and rising)
(They'd got to 1.4TeV by the time I'd arranged that screenshot!)
- Live Webcast
- Photos from the control centre
- Photos from ATLAS
- Photos from CMS Control 5
- CERN on Twitter
- Live Beam Info (watch for stable beam flag)
- A website to point the foil hatted black hole doom brigade which is referred to here.
- A few calculations about Special Relativity
- Webcam feed
Though the LHC may not be as televisual as 'Man on the Moon', make no mistake, in terms of engineering endeavour, it's right up there, and probably would rate as a more challenging target.