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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  • 02
    Saturday, June 02

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    Circle B-Bar Reserve
    4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, FL 33803, United States

    Our next Astronomy Night will be on June 2, 2018 starting at 7:00 pm, at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, FL. Now that summer has come ( the rising temperatures anyway), it will be nice to sit in the A/C for our presentation.

    So, what will the presentation be about? Well, have you ever wondered what some of the astronomical terms mean? If the Moon is waxing, what is it doing? I waxed my car last week. Is that the same? What’s the objective in a telescope? I thought the object was to see stars. And what is parallax? Is that a cousin of parallel? And what about star catalogs? Are they like Sears or JC Penny catalogs? I didn’t know you could order a star. Can you order online? Is a singularity half of a dualarity? Or is the polarity (pole arity, get it?) the upright version? I don’t understand!

    Well, come out on June 2nd and start learning our jargon (the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity, group, profession, or field of study). We’ll explain our language so you’ll know what we’re talking about. And if you have questions, we’ll answer them.

    And of course, if the weather is good, we’ll have our telescopes ready to look at the night sky up close and personal. so, get ready; make plans to come and prepare for a good time.

    Come out and let us bring the universe to you.

    Wishing you clear skies,

    Keep looking up


  • 23
    Saturday, June 23

    10:00 am-2:00 pm

    The Sun-n-Fun Fly-in & Expo was a great success for us. We introduced many aviation enthusiasts to the world of astronomy. And of course, our “regulars” from all around the globe came back to spend some time with us. As usual, we “wowed” them with the sights of our solar system and galaxy.  It was a true pleasure to bring the universe to them.

    Now we will be back to Sun-n-Fun for more solar observing. We’ll be there to help you observe the Sun “up close and personal”. The Sun is on the “down side” of a solar cycle; Sunspots are becoming more rare every week. But there’s more to the Sun than Sunspots. There are still the occasional flares to be seen. And the surface mechanics are always interesting to watch.

    So, if you’ll be in the Lakeland area, come see us and combine your love for aviation and astronomy. You’ll be glad you did.

    Let us 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/