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, August 03

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

    Mackay Garden is a wonderful place to see the wonders of nature. Hike the trails and see the birds and small animals and smell the flowers. But there’s more to nature than this. What else is there to be seen? The stars and nebulae of our own Milky Way galaxy and galaxies far, far away.

    Come out and learn from an educational, informative and entertaining presentation about our universe. Want to know something? Ask questions and get our answers. Then we’ll move outside with our telescopes and let you look at the universe up close.

    Remember this: We bring the universe to you.


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 our complete schedule for the¬†year. click above 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/