msnbc | March 16, 2013
>>> could we be one step closer to solving the mystery behind how the universe was created? maybe. this week a group of sis fist physicists announced it thinks it created the subatomic particle responsible for creating the universe . it's become known as the god particle since it was predicted nearly 50 years ago. with me to talk about it is t asmth tarik mallik. what does this mean, this discovery.
>> basically physicists have a model of the universe , how they think everything around us works. there was a piece missing, the higgs boson particle.
>> this is the god particle .
>> they saw signs of it last year but they weren't sure. what we learned this week is, yeah, they have seen it, it exists.
>> all right. so i talk about this explaining in part perhaps how the universe was created, but doesn't this also give some idea of how and when the universe would end?
>> yeah. that's another theory that we just learned about this month, too. the higgs boson particle is what they think gives everything in the universe the mass, you, me, the desk, the sun. what they think is that particle and that mass relationship in 10 billion years or so, that the universe could be in for a catastrophic event, that we might not be that stable of a place after all.
>> 10 billion years from now.
>> yeah. we've got some time.
>> check that off the libs of things to worry about. i want to ask you about theses a trou asteroids. one of them is the size of a city block . the disturbing thing is they do not know about these until after they have come through and passed near the earth. i mean, what kind of a problem is this?
>> you know, we've heard nasa scientists call our solar system a cosmic shooting gallery . there are millions of asteroids out there and many of them pass near earth all the time. they don't hit us obviously, but there are more people looking now, so we're finding these ones that are coming down or swinging by all the time. we saw the asteroid that exploded over russia.
>> last month, too. so just having more people looking for them, we can spot them hopefully with more notice than what we saw last weekend with so many at the same time.
>> all right. always good to see you. come back and bring us more of this interesting stuff. appreciate it.