THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN FOR UPGRADES
On December 3rd 2018 the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) shut down to undergo a 2-year upgrade program.
The LHC is the most powerful particle accelerator in the world. It is made up of a 27 Kilometre (16.7 miles) of superconducting magnets and multiple accelerating structures that boost the energy particles along the way. It first started 10th September 2008 and has been running, with a few breaks here and there, since. It is located in Geneva, Switzerland by the French border.
The Hadron Collider is situated underground
The scientists that have just finished the second run of experiments are pleased that the upgrades will be happening, this will aid them in discovering more secrets about our universe's existence. The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), who runs the complex, said that the LHC has delivered "well beyond our objectives and expectations".
The whole of the accelerators complex and equipment will be upgraded by the year 2021 in time for its next run, It last refit was 3 years ago.
The LHC was last shut down 2 years ago (in 2016) when a weasel chewed through some of the accelerators wires causing it to malfunction.