The Large Hadron Collider will explore the cutting edge of physics after 3-year shutdown

A data visualization of particle collisions at the LHC at CERN. (Image credit: CERN)

Scientists are gearing up to once more push the boundaries of the cutting edge of particle physics with the reopening of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland after a three-year shutdown. 

After its successful second run ended in December of 2018, the LHC was purposefully shut down for updates while teams prepared for Run 3, which is set to begin soon, as the new run will begin this spring (earlier reports from CERN expected Run 3 to begin as soon as early March). During the shutdown, which also included delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CERN team members have been preparing for new experiments with the collider as major upgrades are made to boost its power and capabilities.