Wednesday, September 10, 2008
We're not out of the woods yet
OK, so turning on the Large Hadron Collider early this morning didn't create a black hole that sucked in everything in it's path.
Yet, that is.
It is my understanding that right now the LHC is only firing particles in one direction, and things won't actually start colliding for a month or so. Once that starts, the feared-but-unlikely black hole could manifest at any time. So if you're sitting on the couch minding your own business sometime in October and suddenly your perception of time slows down and everything looks all rubbery and stretched out, prepare to be winked out of existence.
And what would that be like? Well, charmingly enough, something like this:
"Your body would be shredded apart into the smallest possible pieces. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, who wrote the definitive account Death by Black Hole, imagined the experience as "the most spectacular way to die in space."
Thanks, Neil. I'm going to head home and tightly clutch my teddy bear now.