By Sharon Clott Kanter
Updated Jan 01, 2013 @ 11:00 am
2013 New Year's Eve Ball
Credit: Will Ragozzino

Happy 2013!!! Did you watch the ball drop last night? Just days before the countdown, got an up-close look at the epic crystal ball to find out all the details about what it's made of, what makes it glow, what makes it special, and more. Click through the gallery to learn more about the almost 12,000-pound ball that ushered in the New Year!