Being stuck at home with nothing to do seems to have become a common theme for many around the world due to the pandemic that has shaken us to our core. You might be reading this because you're incredibly bored, with nothing else to do because of the quarantine. Thankfully, CERN has some recommendations it wants you to hear about.
— ATLAS Experiment (@ATLASexperiment) March 25, 2020
Ever wanted to venture deep into the CERN laboratories and experience the place just like an engineer working there would? Thanks to Google Street View, you can put on your lab goggles and wander COVID-19-free into CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland as a virtual visitor.
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The project dates back to 2011; CERN had first opened its doors to Google Maps Street View, allowing anyone around the world to wander into its laboratories, control centers, and its underground tunnels that are home to many experiments.
You can do a lot of stuff once you’re in there; you can walk through the streets of CERN’s Meyrin site, which was named after prominent physicists. You can take a good look at the 27-km Large Hadron Collider, and wander inside the control rooms of the experiments. You can visit the CERN Control Centre and the CERN Data Centre too.
What you'll be seeing was captured back in 2011, and stitched together in 2013. Moreover, again in 2013, CERN had held an online scavenger hunt. With all the quarantining going around, we just want to put out there that it is time for another scavenger hunt, and we are calling CERN out about it.
The highlights you can see include the Large Hadron Collider, the 7000-ton ATLAS detector, and ALICE.
The good thing with the virtual-tours is that you can hit up Google Views and begin your personal guided tour right now. So, you might be under quarantine, but this doesn’t mean you cannot watch CERN colliding atoms. Begin your journey into the center of the atom here.