Will CERN create a black hole on Earth? Check shocking answer

    CERN has smashed protons into each other at an unprecedented energy level.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Jul 07 2022, 15:34 IST
    Can CERN’s LHC really create a black hole?
    Can CERN’s LHC really create a black hole? (AP)
    Can CERN’s LHC really create a black hole?
    Can CERN’s LHC really create a black hole? (AP)

    European nuclear research center CERN has carried out the third run of its Large Hadron Collider on July 5, smashing protons into each other at an unprecedented energy level. The LHC, is world's largest and most powerful atom smasher that is located at CERN's Switzerland facility. The LHC was under maintenance and routine checks for three years and now it has carried out the run at an unprecedented 13.6 trillion electron volts. CERN, while making the announcement on its website, said that many people are excited about the proton particle collision, but many are worried that the record-breaking acceleration might create a black hole. Is it possible? Will CERN really create the black hole? The answer is shocking, but at the same time reassuring.

    Will CERN create a black hole?

    Well! Those who are worried about CERN creating a black hole need to take a sigh of relief.

    CERN stated that the LHC will not create any black holes that we have to worry about. However, the collision may form some “tiny" quantum black holes but they would be “perfectly safe.”

    Citing Einstein's theory of relativity, it says that microscopic black holes produced by the LHC are impossible. "There are, however, some speculative theories that predict the production of such particles at the LHC. All these theories predict that these particles would disintegrate immediately. Black holes, therefore, would have no time to start accreting matter and to cause macroscopic effects," says the statement.

    Even if LHC created a black hole, it would be microscopic in size and incredibly small in quantum levels and hence won't leave the accelerator to destroy the planet.

    What is Black hole?

    A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls are so high that even light can't get out of it. Black holes are invisible. The term black hole was coined by American astronomer John Wheeler in 1967 while Albert Einstein predicted its existence in 1926. Cygnus X-1 located in the Milky Way, is the first black hole ever discovered.

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    First Published Date: 07 Jul, 15:34 IST
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