As excitement builds toward the Large Hadron Collider start-up, things are doubtlessly getting a bit feverish at CERN. But you can stumble around the LHC machinery in the calm of your own home thanks to photographer Peter McCready, who has created stunning 360-degree images of the ALICE, ATLAS, and CMS detectors and posted them to his Web site. (We couldn't get to the images through the Web site late yesterday--too much traffic?--but found the ALICE image here.)
According to International Science Grid This Week, McCready took 102 individual photos and stitched them together into one seamless spherical image. The controls take a bit of getting used to, but by clicking on an image and dragging your cursor, you can "turn" the camera to look in any direction you like. Just be careful not to make yourself sick with all the twisting!