Welcome to the Imperial Polk County Astronomical Society website! We are a group of amateur astronomers in Central Florida, dedicated to informing and educating the public about the art and science of astronomy. Come join us at one of our monthly “Astronomy Nights,” located at one of several state and municipal parks here in Polk County.
- 27Saturday, May 27http://polkastro.org/event/may-astronomy-night/Circle B-Bar Reserve4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, FL 33803, United States
Our May Astronomy Night will be at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, FL on May 27th. We start at 7:00 pm, rain or shine. We start indoors so don’t let the weather keep you away. It may be cloudy and look like rain at 6:30, but clear up by 8:00 for some good viewing (welcome to central Florida). I promise, the presentation will be educational and entertaining. You’ll see things you probably never saw before.
It has been discovered that there are some intricate designs in our solar system. By designs, I mean patterns. Our presentation will look at some of these designs and how they come about. Just picture the Earth and Venus or the Earth and Mars in a dance around the Sun. They are simple movements (orbits) that leave an intricate pattern. How is it done? You’ll have to come out to Circle B Bar Reserve to find out.
And as always, after the presentation, weather permitting, we’ll have our telescopes outside, “focused” on some planets, nebulae, stars and star clusters, and even a galaxy or two.
And for the kids (young in age, not young at heart), we’ll have a special give away gift. So come on out and get to know us.
We “get around” to several different venues and events during the year. We hope to see you at as many of these events as you can come to. See below for our complete schedule for the year (click here to download). We add events throughout the year, so check back often for the most up to date info! You can also use the subscription form in the sidebar to receive the latest updates automatically.
So why the name “Imperial”? That goes back to the early years of our home, Polk County, Florida. At one time, Polk County boasted more paved roads than anywhere else in the southeast U.S., hence the “Imperial” moniker. It was probably more of a P.R. thing than anything else, but the name has stuck. We are still officially known as “Imperial Polk County,” and are proud of our heritage. If you look alongside several of the old roads crossing the county line, you can still see some of the old county line markers that were installed in the 1930’s.
For more information, visit http://www.polkcountyhistory.org/