SCIENTISTS have discovered black holes are easier to create than previously thought, meaning the Large Hadron Collider’s (LHC) super-sized successor will be powerful enough to spawn one.
The existing LHC is already a whopping 27 kilometres in length but the next one will range from 80 to 100 kilometres, it has been revealed.
The LHC 2.0, or Future Circular Collider (FCC), will revolutionise the world of physics when it is up and running, and build on the work of its predecessor.
It will produce the power of 10 MILLION lightning strikes – enough energy to create a devastating black hole.
Researchers have discovered that it actually takes 2.4 times less energy to create a black hole, and with a more powerful particle collider, some fear that one could be accidentally made in the lab.
The Large Hadron Collider’s successor could spawn a black hole
When particles smash into one another, their gravitational pull is trapped, meaning researchers could make one at the LHC 2.0.
A black hole requires less energy than previously thought
If enough energy is contained between those particles, it can collapse that could create two black holes that quickly merge into one.
A black hole could not swallow Earth if it is made here, however
The study published in the journal Physical Review Letters reads: “We find that the threshold for black hole formation is lower (by a factor of a few) than simple hoop conjecture estimates, and, moreover, near this threshold two distinct apparent horizons first form postcollision and then merge.“
However, thanks to a process known as Hawking Radiation, experts say that Earth is in no danger of being swallowed by a man-made black hole.
Professor Stephen Hawking claimed black holes are slowly evaporating in a groundbreaking theory 42 years ago in 1974.
His theory said particles could rob black holes of their energy making them disappear at a minuscule rate as they release everything they had once swallowed in a trickle of dust – this theory was proved last year.
Frans Pretorius, a theoretical physicist at Princeton University, told LiveScience: “The one common misconception about the small black holes that may form at the Large Hadron Collider is that they would swallow the Earth.
“With about as much confidence as we can say anything in science, this is completely impossible.”