Upton - (WALK) It was a long, slow roll, but but a massive electromagnet completed the first portion of its journey from Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois early Monday.
The superconducting electromagnetic ring is massive: weighing 14-tons with a 50' diameter. It was transported on a custom-built trailer with support fixtures from BNL in Upton south on William Floyd Parkway, to Smith Point Marine in Mastic Beach. The big ring rolled south at about 10 miles per hour and arrived at the marina shortly before 5:00 a.m. early Monday, according to Suffolk Police.
The journey over sea and land to the Fermi Lab in Illinois is expected to take about five weeks. When the electromagnet arrives at Fermi, scientists will conduct experiments in particle physics.
Follow its 3,200 mile journey to Illinois at: http://muon-g-2.fnal.gov/bigmove/