In a city full of astonishing attractions, on a boulevard that changes its skyline every few years, it’s hard to come up with a new concept that knocks your socks off. Yet the creators of Sphere have done just that!
Visitors to the Strip, and even Las Vegans who expect the extraordinary, are awe-struck and amused by the world’s biggest spherical structure. Standing at 366 feet tall and 516 feet wide, the Sphere has the ability to transform the surface of its entire exterior, called the Exosphere, with realistic luminous visuals, constantly transforming the Strip’s skyline.
For your visual delight here are a few Sphere images that have recently lit up the Las Vegas sky. No doubt there will be plenty more wow moments to come including when the Exosphere shows in real-time the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix in November.
To produce these dazzling spectacles, the Sphere’s Exosphere uses approximately 1.2 million LED puck-size lights set eight inches apart across the entire exterior. One puck contains 48 independent LED lights and is capable of producing 256 million different colors.
As Las Vegas’ newest entertainment venue with 17,500 seats, the Sphere will officially open on September 29 with a U2 concert. “Most music venues are sports venues. They’re not built for music. They’re not built for art. This building was built for immersive experiences in cinema and performance,” said U2’s Bono of the Sphere in an Apple Music interview.
Sphere will also launch “Postcard from Earth,” an original production directed by Darren Aronofsky, on October 6. The film is an immersive experience with temperature changes, wind effects and smell, along with vibrating seats and advanced sound technology.
As we all eagerly await the opportunity to experience Sphere’s high-tech interior, we can only imagine what a concert or immersive experience will be like surrounded by a 160,000-square-foot wraparound LED screen that is the size of three football fields.
The interior display boasts an incredibly sharp resolution, which promises high-definition visuals from wherever you are seated. Plus, more than 164,000 speakers beam audio around the venue using advanced spatial audio techniques, including low-frequency audio that can’t be heard but can be felt, heightening the immersive potential.
To learn more about the Sphere check out Parade Magazine’s “What Is Sphere? Inside Las Vegas’ New 580,000-Square-Foot Venue,” Las Vegas Review Journal “Las Vegas Sphere: 5 things we’ve learned about the venue so far,” and USA Today “Las Vegas teased its record-breaking MSG Sphere on July Fourth. Here’s what to know about it.”
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