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Watch this massive LED sphere in Las Vegas light up for the first time

Watch this massive LED sphere in Las Vegas light up for the first time


The Sphere’s exterior has one of the largest LED screens in the world.

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A photo showing the Sphere with a Moon exterior
No, that is not the Moon. That is the Sphere.
Image: Sphere Entertainment

The Sphere, aka the 366-foot-tall orb situated in the heart of Las Vegas, demonstrated what 1.2 million lit-up LEDs look like. During its first display on Tuesday night, animations showing fireworks, the American flag, the Moon, and even a giant blinking eyeball emanated from the 580,000-square-foot panel.

Las Vegas is known for some pretty wild landmarks, but this one is more than just a humongous display-on-a-ball. On the inside, it’s a spherical theater that houses 18,000 seats, along with a 16K wraparound LED screen. The whole thing cost Sphere Entertainment over $2 billion to build.

According to the company, the LED pucks on this massive screen are spaced eight inches apart and contain 48 individual LED diodes, each of which can display 256 million different colors. The Sphere hasn’t officially opened yet, but it will continue to light up on the outside, with U2 kicking things off with the very first show in the venue this September.

Even if we can’t get inside the venue just yet, it’s still pretty cool to see the displays on the outside — and just how strangely futuristic it looks against the Vegas skyline. Users across TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube, captured the Sphere’s first display, and we’ve compiled some of the best videos here: