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The show has begun in Times Square! The clock struck 6 p.m., trumpets blared, fireworks exploded and the famous New Year's Eve ball rose to its perch above Times Square.
At 12-feet in diameter it's twice as big as previous balls. It's covered in 2,668 Waterford crystals and weighs nearly 12,000 pounds. The 32,256 LED lights that cover it change color constantly.
This is my first time seeing it in person and I must say it is a bit underwhelming in scope. The ball sits above five giant video billboards for Budweiser, TDK and Toshiba.
The billboards dwarf the shiny bauble. It seems a bit like a prop from a different era, but it's it's pretty wild to think that in less than six hours millions of sets of eyes around the world will be focused on that sphere up in the sky above the New York night.
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