Fermilab’s giant magnet finally reaches destination in Batavia

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A giant, one of a kind electromagnet is finally on the grounds of Fermilab in Batavia after a month long odyssey from the East Coast.

The 50-foot wide magnet ring came from the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island.

After a barge ride down the East Coast and up the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, the wide load spent three nights crawling along suburban roads, until arriving early this morning.

Road closures associated with the move made it necessary to do the transit at night.

Engineers had to maneuver around bridges, road signs, lights and trees without twisting the ring even a few millimeters or it could have been ruined.

A tight spot on Eola road near Fermilab held up the process overnight, delaying the arrival and making dozens of curious onlookers stay up without sleep.

The Muon g-2 magnet will eventually help scientists at Fermilab study sub-atomic particles.

That’s years away however.

The lab which will use the magnet has yet to be built.


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