Follow the trip

Follow the trip

The ICARUS detector is the largest liquid-argon neutrino hunter in the world. It measures 65 feet long and weighs 760 tons. It began its life in Italy, seeking out elusive particles using pioneering technology, and for the past two years has been undergoing upgrades at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory (and home of the Large Hadron Collider).

Now the ICARUS detector is preparing for a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab in Illinois, where it will take its place as the largest of three experiments looking for a new kind of neutrino. But first it has to journey thousands of miles over land and sea, and you can follow along with the interactive map on this page. The detector has been divided in two, and will travel on two separate trucks to Basel in Switzerland, where it will take a barge to Antwerp, Belgium. There it will board a ship to the United States, traveling through the Great Lakes to Burns Harbor, Indiana, where it will again take two separate trucks to Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois.

Once ICARUS arrives at Fermilab, it will be instrumental in answering the question of so-called “sterile” neutrinos, and that answer could rewrite our very picture of the universe. It’s an exciting journey, and it begins here.

If you spot the ICARUS detector on its trip, take a photo and tag it #IcarusTrip. Follow Fermilab on Facebook and Twitter to be part of the conversation, and to get advance word about social media events related to the ICARUS journey.