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, 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. Sun-n-Fun is having their “Fly Into Summer” Family Day. Entrance is free. This includes the museum. And 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 (see our post for more information). 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/