SpectrUM Hosts Black (W)hole Special Exhibit

October 03, 2018

MISSOULA – Children and their families are invited to visit a special exhibit, Black (W)hole, through Oct.13 at the spectrUM Discovery Area, located at 812 Toole Ave. in Missoula.

Black (W)hole is an educational astronomy experience that uses real data about gravitational waves and black holes. The exhibit is sponsored by the Montana Space Grant Consortium, spectrUM and the eXtreme Gravity Institute.

“Black holes are amazing, and it is fantastic for spectrUM be able to share contemporary research about a subject that is prevalent in pop culture and science fiction,” said Nick Wethington, spectrUM’s resident maker and president of the Western Montana Astronomical Association.

Visitors can explore the exhibit until Saturday, Oct. 13, during spectrUM’s public hours from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday or from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit is free with museum admission. School groups from Missoula, the Flathead Reservation and the Bitterrroot Valley will visit spectrUM as part of free field trips.

The spectrUM Discovery Area is the University of Montana’s hands-on science center, serving more than 200,000 Montanans annually through in-museum and statewide mobile programming. SpectrUM is part of UM’s Broader Impacts Group, which harnesses the University’s research and creative scholarship to foster social mobility and a vibrant, homegrown workforce for Montana.

BIG and spectrUM are supported by an array of local and national funding sources, including the National Science Foundation, Montana NSF EPSCoR, NASA, the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the O.P. & W.E. Edwards Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Jane S. Heman Foundation and the Martin Family Foundation.

To learn more about spectrUM Discovery Area and its programming, visit http://spectrum.umt.edu/ or call 406-728-STEM (7836). For more information or to book a school visit, call Jessie Herbert-Meny, spectrUM associate director, at 406-243-4828.

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Contact: Jessie Herbert-Meny, associate director, spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-243-4828, jessie.herbert@umontana.edu.