The Big Move


Heavy current

July 18, 2013 | 11:00 AM
As you can see on the map below, the barge hit a bit of a delay south of St. Louis. We're told it was a heavy current on the river that slowed it down. For those of you in St. Louis hoping to catch it, the ring is expected to arrive around 11 am. In the meantime, check out the new photos we've just posted to the image page, courtesy of Darin Clifton and Ceres Barge. These show the handoff of the barge in Mobile, Alabama from the tugboat Trident, which pulled it along the coast, to the tugboat Miss Katie, which is pushing it up the rivers. We're still expecting the barge to arrive in Illinois on Saturday, July 20 around noon. And if you haven't checked above for details of our celebration on July 26, please do so. Everyone is welcome!

Rolling on the river

July 16, 2013 | 12:20 PM
This neat photo of the Muon g-2 ring was taken by Carol Dean as the barge traveled through Midway Marina in Fulton, Mississippi on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway earlier this week. The current expected arrival time in Lemont, Illinois is noon on Saturday, July 20, which means we'll be rolling down the Illinois roadway the week of July 22. Stay tuned for further updates!

A quick stop in Mobile

July 12, 2013 | 2:15 PM
The Muon g-2 ring is scheduled to hit Mobile, Alabama at 2 pm local time today. It'll make a quick stop to switch out tugboats - while it was pulled around the coast and up the gulf, it will be pushed up the rivers. The barge will start its estimated 10-day river journey this afternoon, which means it could be in Illinois as early as next weekend. We'll keep you posted!

Sooner than expected

July 11, 2013 | 4:45 PM
It's been clear sailing through the Gulf of Mexico. So much so, in fact, that the barge will be in Mobile, Alabama even sooner than expected. It should roll in around 6 pm local time tomorrow, July 12. After that, it's about 10 days up a series of rivers to Lemont, Illinois. The Muon g-2 ring is more than halfway home. We're putting together a welcoming party for it here at Fermilab. More details on that as soon as we have them.

Next stop: Mobile

July 8, 2013 | 8:00 AM
Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend. The Muon g-2 ring spent Independence Day heading south. It passed Miami earlier today, and if the good weather holds up, it should arrive at its first destination - Mobile, Alabama - on Saturday morning. There's a slight chance of thunderstorms in the area tonight, but nothing that should delay the trip. Soon the ring will be on its way north to Fermilab. Keep track of it here, and check out the photos and videos page.

Photos and videos galore

July 2, 2013 | 5:00 PM
While we're celebrating the Muon g-2 ring getting underway again today, check out this treasure trove of photos and videos from the move across Long Island. These images, both still and moving, are courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory.

On the road... um, sea again

July 2, 2013 | 9:30 AM
After spending five nights near Norfolk, Virginia waiting out a weather system from the south, the Muon g-2 barge is back on the move again today. The forecast looks good through Saturday, so the barge should be able to make most of its journey down the east coast this week. You can follow that trip on the map below, and stay tuned here for an update full of pictures and videos later today.

Virginia is for electromagnets

June 27, 2013 | 4:00 PM
You may notice that the blue dot on the map hasn't moved in a while. The barge is headed into the Chesapeake Bay to the Norfolk, Virginia area to avoid current and forecasted weather happening there. More updates as we get them. In the meantime, check out this story that just posted from the Virginian-Pilot, about the barge making its way south.

UPDATE: The ring will likely stay in port near Norfolk, Virginia through the weekend.

Coming attraction

June 26, 2013 | 4:45 PM
As you can tell from the map below, the Muon g-2 ring is on its way to Fermilab, moving south down the coast. The whole trip is expected to take between four and six weeks. This weekend at Brookhaven went smoothly. The magnet was loaded onto the barge on Monday afternoon, June 24, and set sail around noon on Tuesday, June 25. Check out the video of the crane moving the magnet onto the barge, and keep following the map to see the ring's progress.

And there was much rejoicing

June 24, 2013 | 3:00 AM
Early this morning, the Muon g-2 ring set out down the William Floyd Parkway in Long Island, headed to the Smith Point Marina 10 miles away. The team from Emmert International estimated that the trip would take six hours. It actually took two hours and 15 minutes. The ring is now safely parked at the marina, and later today, it will be lifted by crane onto a waiting barge. Then it will begin its four-to-six-week journey to Illinois. Follow the trip on the map below, and check out the video of the ring rolling down the parkway.

The move continues at midnight

June 23, 2013 | 5:30 PM
We're gearing up for the next leg of the Muon g-2 ring's move - it heads south on the William Floyd Parkway to the Smith Point Marina beginning at midnight tonight. The trip should take about six hours, and finish up around 6 a.m. tomorrow, June 24. Make sure to check here for further updates, and follow Fermilab (@FermilabToday) and Brookhaven (@BrookhavenLab) on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news.

First leg completed

June 22, 2013 | 5:30 PM
On Saturday, June 22, the Muon g-2 ring successfully completed the first leg of its journey, moving across the Brookhaven National Laboratory site in about three hours. The ring is now sitting comfortably by the Brookhaven main gate, ready to hit the road tomorrow evening on its way to the Smith Point Marina. That part of the trip begins around midnight Eastern time. Check back here for updates as the move progresses, and check out the video, shot by the Brookhaven team.

Photo Gallery

June 21, 2013 | 2:00 PM

The first few steps

June 17, 2013 | 2:00 PM
Last week, crews from Emmert International moved the giant electromagnet out of the Brookhaven National Laboratory building that has housed it since the early 2000s. These few feet represent the first steps on the ring's 3,200-mile journey, which begins in earnest on Saturday, June 22. Check out the video, and stay tuned for more updates as we prepare the ring for its long trip.

What's that old joke about plans?

June 13, 2013 | 2:00 PM
Due to inclement weather on the east coast, the move of the Muon g-2 ring has been delayed a week. The current plan is to move the ring across the Brookhaven site on Saturday, June 22, and move it down the William Floyd Parkway to the Smith Point Marina the night of Sunday, June 23 into the morning of Monday, June 24. Stay tuned here for further updates.

Gearing up

June 11, 2013 | 3:00 PM
For the past week, crews from Emmert International have been working to prepare the massive electromagnet for its 3,200-mile trip. On Sunday, June 16, the magnet will be moved across the Brookhaven National Laboratory site in Long Island, and then on the evening of Monday, June 17, it will travel down the William Floyd Parkway to the Smith Point Marina. That trip is scheduled to take six hours – the caravan will start moving shortly after 11 p.m., and arrive by 5 a.m. on June 18. There will be rolling roadblocks and detours as the ring moves along the southbound side of the Parkway. Watch this space for further updates, as well as pictures from the move.

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