Spectacular images from 'Big Bang' recreation
A recreation of what happened microseconds after the big bang produces spectacular images as tiny lead particles travelling just below the speed of light smash into one another.
Bursts of heat hundreds of thousands of times more intense than the sun are generated as lead ions collide in conditions colder than outer space, releasing exotic new particles.
The reaction creates a kaleidoscope of colours as the energy of each particle is detected by recording equipment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.
The base near Geneva, Switzerland, is where scientists are searching for the Higgs boson particle, an as-yet undetected form of matter which scientists hope will reveal how atoms are made up.
Spectacular images from 'Big Bang' recreation - Telegraph