QUANTUM PHYSICS CATHEDRAL CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research will open its doors to the public later this year and give anyone that wants a look at its work.
The Geneva institution is opening for a long weekend of activities, events, and music, and will introduce its work to the general public in late September this year.
The opening has the banner title "Our Universe is Yours" and will let people get close to its atom smashing machines and discoveries.
The place will be open only for the weekend, but it sounds like it will be worth the trip. Labs will be open, men in white jackets will be chatting and there will be forty points of interest for visitors.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) won't be doing much, as it will be enjoying a rest that weekend. According to CERN the shutdown will let it run at higher energy when it restarts. It added that the LHC will restart in 2015.
If you want to get underground and close to the LHC you are going to have to set an alarm for August. In that month the electronic ticket office will open, and CERN will only put tickets up for sale at certain times of the day, and even then it will spread them out over a three week period.
It is expecting 100,000 visitors. We expect that a few more people than that will apply for tickets.
The CERN open house days will host three other events, including a concert by the Alan Parsons Live Project and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. µ