It’s official. That strange new particle that was discovered last July at CERN‘s Large Hadron Collider was indeed the long-sought Higgs boson, the so-called “God particle” that explains how other particles get their mass.
Scientists made the announcement on Thursday at the annual Rencontres de Moriond conference in Italy, according to Yahoo News.
On July 4, 2012, physicists said that they were 99 percent sure they had found a new elementary particle weighing approximately 126 times the mass of the proton that was likely the long-sought Higgs boson.
Still, they weren’t completely sure that they had found what they were looking for.
Now, after collecting massive amounts of additional data inside the LHC in Switzerland, physicists say they’ve definitely found the Higgs boson.
“The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is,” said spokesperson Joe Incandela.
So why is the Higgs boson so important? Well, we just might be able to predict the end of the universe with its help.
The mass of the Higgs boson is a crucial piece of a calculation that predicts the very future of time and space. Its mass is 126 times the mass of a typical proton, just about what would be necessary to create a fundamentally unstable universe that would lead to a cataclysm billions of years from now.
Cheery thought, isn’t it?
More on the landmark discovery below.