While You’re Waiting for the LHC to Come Back Online

Do not give up hope, my dears. The wonderful folks at BoingBoing.net have posted links to some new “big science porn” to entertain us, and it’s fun!

Once you are in the site, you can just click all over the place and get a nice little taste of virtual reality photography at its finest.

Enjoy!

Large, Luscious QTVR Panoramas of Compact Muon Solenoid

Still from QTVR of Large Hadron Collider, photog: Pete McCready

Posted by Xeni Jardin, February 27, 2009 9:58 AM : I’ve featured interactive QuickTime VR panoramas from photographer Peter McCready previously on Boing Boing, and it looks like he has some lovely new work up. QTVRs aren’t good for everything, but they’re great for “big science” sites like the ones at CERN, featured here — places best appreciated with all directions visible. Pete sends these links and says,

Whilst we ‘Big Science Porn’ (thank you for the term!) aficionados eagerly await the relaunch of the Large Hadron Collider this September, thought I’d share a few new Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Experiment VR panoramas with you that were taken days before ‘first beam’ last year from numerous locations within Underground Experimental Cavern UXC55.

Here are the panoramas: (one, two, three, four, five, six) and there’s another up from the CMS Centre (where data quality monitoring, detector calibration, data analysis and computing operations take place).

Previously on BB:
Excellent new CERN Hadron collider QTVR
CERN photos in Nat’l. Geo: The God Particle