Originally Posted by Ashuiegi
Originally Posted by Twinnuke
A diamond could punch a hole so deep into the earth, creating a crater so large it you could see the mantle.
This diamond would end all life on earth, Not only that but would cause the entire surface to be molten. About the force of the moon hitting the earth at normal speeds.
This is known as the Oh-My-God Particle speed, a proton from space that plowed into the atmosphere over Utah in 1991. It was moving at 99.99999999999999999999951% of the speed of light, which meant it packed the kinetic energy of a baseball—in a single proton. The cascade of particles it blasted apart dwarfed anything the LHC could produce.
this is from the XKCD - What If section. I love that section.
i m pretty sure the LHC part is wrong , in the lhc there is 2 proton BEAM colliding at nearly the speed of light ( just the same as the proton in your exemple) giving you far more energy then one colliding with the atmosphere , each beam contains millions of proton and there is billion of collision every seconde , not just one which make it incomparable with your exemple , i dunno who wrote that but it 's bul"*"ç ,
and the proton beam in the lhc represente the energy of a 16 kph aircraft carrier , how can it be egual to a baseball ? if the beam go haywire , it can melt 500 kg of copper instantly , can a baseball do that ?
i did my apprenticeship of lab assistant in physics at CERN , .....
for another cool fact here is picture of specs from a particle accelerator wall, they are coming from the beam colliding with the wall of an accelerator just after the source , where energy is less then 50Kev and stil it take bit of LN 216 steel from the wall , (there is no radiation at this point) :
It's not bull.
I actually looked this one up because it sounded insane. But because it's a cosmic radiation, and because of how low our densitiy is, the particles simply pass through our bodies, without interacting with anything physically, or something like that.
If you don't believe it still, read up and see if an Oh my god particle can kill you.
and the LHC doesn't fire one, single proton. They fire MANY.
the omg particle, was one, single proton, with the energy of a baseball. The LHC doesn't produce one, single proton with that amount of energy. They like you said, fire millions of protons. Now, when you add MORE to something, of course you create MORE energy. but not one single proton on their on in the LHC has the amount of energy the OMG particle had.
You're trying to compare ONE proton to MILLIONS of protons.
it's almost like trying to say "One million 5 year olds can lift more weight together than One body builder"
Uhh yeah, that's a given, but can one 5 year old lift more weight than one body builder? (in this example, the LHC of course are the kids, and the OMG particle is the body builder)Edited by Nenkitsune - 3/24/13 at 3:29am