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.
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We’re known for looking at the stars at night. We’re also known for looking at the Sun (our star) during the day. But there’s one event held in Lakeland every Spring that we like to be a part of too. That’s the Sun-n-Fun Fly-in. And it’s not just because we like airplanes (which we do). We’re there with our telescopes during the day to look at our star (10:00 am to 5:00 pm), then at night (at Sundown to 11:00 pm, or so) we turn our scopes to the other stars.
So, if you like stargazing and aircraft of any sort, come join us at the Sun-n-Fun campus in Lakeland, FL from April 10th through the 14th. During the day, we’ll be solar observing in front of the Florida Air Museum and have lots of information about our Sun and its effects on us. If there are Sunspots, we’ll track them across the face of the Sun through the week. Come learn more about our star. And at night, we’ll be at the “Compass Rose” in the Phillips 66 Plaza by the South side of the airstrip.
Let Sun-n-Fun bring you the air shows and let us bring you the universe. Come enjoy the “up close” aircraft and the “far, far away” galaxies.
Get the Sun-n-Fun info at https://www.flysnf.org/
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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/