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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, December 16

    7:00 pm-9:30 pm

    This month has been so busy, I’m a little late getting this out. But here it is:

    Our regular Astronomy Night will be at Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland, FL on December 16th starting at 7:00 pm sharp. As always, the show goes on, rain or shine. This month, before we get the scopes out, we’ll show you what we’ll see before we see it, then we’ll see it. Got it? Well, come on out and get it! I promise, you’ll enjoy it.

    But before that, on Wednesday, Dec. 13th, starting at 6:00 pm, we’ll be at Bok Tower in Lake Wales, FL for their Geminid Meteor Shower Watch. Come out and watch the meteors and look at the night sky in a different way. You can get more details on Bok Tower’s website: https://boktowergardens.org/.

    So, don’t miss them, you’ll be glad you came.  Let us bring the universe to you.

    Until then,

    Clear Skies & 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/