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, October 05

    10:00 am-4:00 pm
    Sun 'n Fun Campus
    4175 Medulla Rd, Lakeland, FL 33811

    Sun ‘n Fun has numerous events during the year. Although the International Fly-In  is without question, the biggest and most popular event of the year, it’s not the only one. In October, they invite families to experience the science of “aerospace Discoveries” with them with projects for the kids and learning experiences for all ages.

    But we want you to know, planes aren’t the only thing in the sky. And if you come out, we’ll let you look at the brightest object in the sky, the Sun. We’ll be there with our solar scopes so you can view our own star up close. Maybe there will be a Sunspot or two, or maybe a prominence or flare. But whatever the surface condition, We’re sure you’ll enjoy the view.

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    Friday, October 18

    6:00 pm-9:00 pm

    The third Friday of each month, Bartow blocks off Main Street for a big block party.

    Come by the corner of Mains St. and Wilson Ave. to visit us and take a look through our telescopes at the night sky. And if you want to come a little early, we’ll probably be there with solar scopes to view the Sun.

    So, come on out to the block party and the star party.


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/