A DISPLAY of stunning images of the universe was simulated on the side of a new building to celebrate its opening.

Artists Ross Ashton and Karen Monid created the show for the opening of Durham University’s new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.

Called Worlds, Systems and Creations, the show tells the story of the 18th century County Durham astronomer, mathematician and architect Thomas Wright, who was the first person to describe the shape of the Milky Way.

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It also features music by Isobel Waller-Bridge and computer simulations of the universe carried out at Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology, which is based at the centre.

The show will also be on tonight and Saturday, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Each one lasts eight minutes and there will be six shows an hour.

The Ogden Centre, which is on the university’s Lower Mountjoy site off South Road, will house an international team of researchers investigating the cosmos.

Durham University is one of the world’s foremost research centres in space science.