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.

Upcoming Events:

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    Saturday, February 17

    7:00 pm-10:00 pm
    MacKay Gardens
    MACKAY GARDENS AND LAKESIDE PRESERVE, Mackay Boulevard, Lake Alfred, FL, United States

    Our Astronomy Night in February will be at Mackay Gardens in Lake Alfred, FL on February 17th starting at 7:00 pm.

    We’ll be there with our telescopes to observe the wonders of the universe. And this is a great time of the year for observing. The air is cool and clear. The humidity is dropping so the “seeing” is getting good. And some of the best astronomical “stuff” is visible this time of the year. We’ll “focus” our telescopes on star clusters, nebulae and even galaxies far, far away. There’s so much out there. There will be plenty of things for the whole family to experience.

    But we don’t want you to come out just to see the universe. We’ll have our usual informative and “entertaining” presentation before we get the scopes out and bring the universe to you. So, what are we going to talk about? Meteors. Well, actually, we’ll talk about meteoroids, meteors and meteorites. And don’t forget bolides. If you don’t know that one, come out and learn something new.

    Michigan meteor 1/16/2018

    Remember, “the show goes on” rain or shine, so don’t let the weather stop you. And we give everyone a chance to ask questions and make comments. We want you to be involved. And we keep it pretty basic so everyone can understand it. And we have special astronomy stuff for the kids, (that’s the young in age, not the just young at heart), who participate.

    So come out for a night to remember, let us bring the universe to you. You’ll be glad you came.

    Until then,

    Clear Skies & Keep looking up.


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/