New York City’s LED Ball Drop

It looks like an intergalactic super brain, but it’s actually the ball that dropped last night during New York City’s New Year’s Eve celebration. And, it’s a marvel of green engineering!

For starters, all the lights are LED. It’s covered with 2,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs and at 12-feet wide, weighs nearly 12,000 pounds.

And the green innovation doesn’t stop there. Despite being twice the size of any other ball ever dropped in Times Square, this LED masterpiece is 20% more energy efficient than last year’s ball.

Here’s the cool part. All the lights can make 10 million different colors and generate billions of unique patterns. Check out this video in case you missed it.

Now, since the ball is so awesome, the city will leave it up year-round. So it’s bound to attract tourists from all over the country.

Via inhabitat.