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Shedding light on the Universe

(12 November 2015)

Research by Durham University into the origins, evolution and understanding of the Universe has lit up one of the world’s most iconic buildings.

Stunning images of the cosmos were projected on to Durham Cathedral, on the City’s World Heritage Site, as part of Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival, from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 November.

Called The World Machine, this multi-media projection addresses the constant human quest to understand the world around us and the order of the Universe in which we live. It does so by drawing on the high-powered computer simulations of Durham’s world-leading Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) and the research of The Ordered Universe Project into the theories that 13th Century Bishop Robert Grosseteste held about the formation of the Universe.

A celebration of art and science, The World Machine is a collaboration between artists, cosmologists, historians, and philosophers and charts the birth of modern cosmology, taking viewers on a journey through the stars and galaxies.

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