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.
- 21Friday, February 21http://polkastro.org/event/bartow-friday-fest-2/Bartow Friday FestMain St. & E. Wilson Ave., Bartow
The 3rd Friday of every month is Friday Fest in Bartow. Its a block party for the city. We set up at Main St. & S Wilson Ave. with our telescopes for the public to stop by and look at what’s up in the night sky that night. The party starts at 6:00 pm, but we’ll be there a little earlier with solar scopes to look at the Sun.
So, come on out and see what’s in the night sky.
- 22Saturday, February 22http://polkastro.org/event/sun-n-fun-star-gazing/Sun 'n Fun Campus4175 Medulla Rd, Lakeland, FL 33811
Sun ‘n Fun will be hosting a Star Party. We’ll be there to treat you to a glimpse of the universe through our telescopes and answer any questions you may have. We’ll look at our own solar system planets, Milky Way Nebulae, and of course, stars, individual, double and clusters. It’s all impressive. Just think, you’ll be looking not only in our own celestial “backyard”, but millions of light years away at other Galaxies.
Come and 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/