Are you curious what the air western Montanans breathe during fire season looks like under the microscope?
This Friday, visitors to the University of Montana’s spectrUM Discovery Area can explore healthy and smoke-afflicted lungs, learn about the equipment scientists use to test air quality, and create decorative microscope slides with feathers, glitter and leaves.
The special event runs from 3-6 p.m.
Emily Weiler, a research specialist at UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences, will lead the air-quality activities and demonstrations at spectrUM’s Discovery Bench.
A UM graduate with a degree in chemistry, Weiler specializes in air quality and respiratory disease research and serves as a pollen counter for Montana.
The public can visit spectrUM’s museum at 218 E. Front St. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The air-quality event is free with museum admission, which costs $3.50 per person.