The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball drops tomorrow night marking the end of 2012 and Earth's survival of the Mayan apocalypse. The 2013 Times Square Ball is lit with thousands of LED lights from Philips. Philips says the enormous ball contains 32,256 Philips LEDs. The photograph above shows the Ball being tested.
The Ball is a geodesic sphere. It is 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds. In addition to the 32 thousand LEDs, the Ball also contains 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles. 288 of the Waterford Crystal triangles this year introduce a new Let There Be Peace design of a dove with wings spread symbolizing a message of peace. The Ball can create a palette of over 16 million colors and billions of patterns.
Photo: Anthony LaRosa/Times Square NYC