mardi 26 janvier 2016

Microcosm: the story of CERN

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Jan. 26, 2016

Image above: The full-scale audio-visual screens in the new microcosm exhibition showcase the people behind the science at CERN, as they explain to the visitors what they do. (Image: Sophia Bennett/CERN).

The new microcosm exhibition takes CERN visitors on a journey through the laboratory’s key installations, following the path of the particles from the bottle of hydrogen, through the network of accelerators and on to collision inside vast experiments.

Objects, life-sized audio-visuals and high-definition photographs are used to recreate real CERN spaces, while live data feeds bring news of the Large Hadron Collider direct to the exhibitions.

Throughout the 500m2 of exhibitions, the focus is on the people who design and use this extraordinary technology to further our understanding of the universe.

CERN's new microcosm exhibition is now open

Video above: This time-lapse video shows how microcosm exhibition was constructed and completed (Video: Julien Ordan/CERN).

Microcosm underwent a major revamp in 2015 before fully reopening this January. Screen content continues to evolve and more games will be introduced into the exhibition during 2016.

The exhibition is free and open to all without reservation and visitors are encouraged to share their #microcosm @CERN experiences on social media.

For more details, including opening hours see the microcosm website:

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works. At CERN, the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter — the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of Nature.

The instruments used at CERN are particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.

Founded in 1954, the CERN Laboratory sits astride the Franco–Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 22 Member States.

Related link:

Large Hadron Collider (LHC):

For more information about European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), visit:

Image (mentioned), Video (mentioned), Text, Credits: CERN/Kate Kahle/Corinne Pralavorio.


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