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.
- 14Saturday, October 14http://polkastro.org/event/july-astronomy-night/MacKay Gardens500 Mackay Blvd., Lake Alfred, FL
Notice: Due to Hurricane Irma, our September Astronomy Night was cancelled. We hope no one suffered too much damage from the storm. We are resuming our regular Astronomy Night schedule in October. Thank you for your patience.
Everyone is still talking about it. Everyone is still asking questions about it. It, is still the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. That’s right, only now, the talk is about how awesome it was and the big question is, “What was it like”? I considered posting pictures for you to see, but then you wouldn’t hear directly from us what we experienced. So…
Many of our members were in the path of totality from Nebraska to South Carolina. We were there! So, we’re going to answer your questions. We’re going to tell you (and show you) what it was like. On October 14th, beginning at 7:00 pm, rain or shine, at Mackay Garden, we will tell you about the solar eclipse. We’ll tell you what we saw and experienced in the various locations where we were. We’ll show you the pictures we took. We’ll try to convey the excitement, the wonder and the awesomeness of our experiences.
If you were here in central Florida, you saw a partial eclipse of about 85-88%. After seeing it in totality, I can only say, “I’m sorry you couldn’t see it as I did”. But…
So, come on out and let us give you a show from across the country. And If the weather is good, we’ll get our scopes out after the presentation and bring the distant universe closer to us (in appearance that is). So, don’t miss it, you’ll be glad you came.
Until then, Keep looking up.
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/