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Huge Magnet Moves Through Illinois

Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:39:51 CDT
By: AP

It's 50 feet wide, weighs more than 15 tons and has taken a month to travel 3,200 miles from New York to Illinois. It's a gigantic electromagnet, and it's scheduled to end its unlikely journey to its new home outside Chicago today. Batavia's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will use it to study blazing fast particles. What's not blazing fast is the magnet on the last leg of its journey. This week, it moved by truck at between 5 and 15 mph. En route from a federal laboratory in New York, it was floated down the East Coast into the Gulf of Mexico, then up the Missippi River to Illinois. The used magnet cost $3.5 million to transport. But it would have cost far more to construct a new one.

Track the Magnet http://www.muon-g-2.fnal.gov/bigmove

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