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How large is the Large Hadron Collider?
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  1. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest, most powerful particle accelerator and is located underneath the Swiss-French border. The LHC has eight arcs bounded by end sections called insertions. It also has about 9,600 magnets, some of which weigh several tons. Essentially a circle underground, the LHC's circumference is 16.8 miles (27 kilometers) around. There are six stations along the circle, called detectors, where scientists can perform different experiments. The stations can be as large as 147.6 feet (45 meters) long, 82 feet (25 meters) high, and can weigh as much as 7,000 tons (5,443 metric tons).

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