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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December 09 - December 15
  • 09
    Sunday, December 09
    No events
  • 10
    Monday, December 10
    No events
  • 11
    Tuesday, December 11
    No events
  • 12
    Wednesday, December 12
    No events
  • 13
    Thursday, December 13
    No events
  • 14
    Friday, December 14

    Westgate River Ranch Astronomy Night

    4:00 pm-10:00 pm

    River Ranch Resort & Rodeo is a dark sky area where you don’t need a telescope or binoculars to see the Milky Way. So, if you’re looking for a night out to see the stars, come out to River Ranch on December 14th and join us for a star party. We’ll be there around 4 pm, before sunset, for some solar viewing.  Although Sunspots are becoming rarer due to the solar cycle minimum we’re in, there are still lots of prominences and flares to be seen. So, don’t pass up the chance to see the Sun before sunset and the planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae afterward.

    River Ranch is located at 3200 River Ranch Blvd, Lake Wales, FL. We’ll have directions to the viewing area at the gate. Just ask for the astronomy star party.

  • 15
    Saturday, December 15
    No events


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/