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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:

  • 13
    Saturday, October 13

    7:00 pm-10:00 pm
    10-13-2018
    Colt Creek State Park
    16000 SR-471, Lakeland, FL 33809, United States

    Our Astronomy Night this month will be at Colt Creek State Park on October 13th. The presentation will start at 7:00 pm, rain or shine.

    Presentation topic: To be determined. Check back later for details.

  • 20
    Saturday, October 20

    10:00 am-4:00 pm
    10-20-2018
    Sun 'n Fun Campus
    4175 Medulla Rd, Lakeland, FL 33811

    We’ve been at the Aerospace Discovery for many years, doing what we do best. We don’t fly planes or make rockets, but we can tell you how space affects aviation, and our climate. And we’ll do just that. But we don’t just talk. We’ll have our scopes out to let you look at the Sun.

    Don’t worry, it’s safe. We have the solar filters. Actually, we have the white light filters so you can see the Sunspots, and the H-alpha filters so you can see the prominences, flares and even the granulation on the Sun’s surface.

    So, if you want to learn about aviation and the Sun, come out and visit us. We’ll have our scopes set up in front of the museum. Come out and learn.

Public-Events-Schedule

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/

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