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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  • 11
    Monday, November 11

    8:00 am-1:00 pm
    Bok Tower Gardens
    1151 Tower Blvd. Lake Wales, Florida 33853

    In the average lifetime of most people (80 years), Mercury will cross the solar disk between Earth and the Sun and be visible from Earth 12-13 times. This coming November 11th will be one of those times. In central Florida, the transit begins around 7:34 am and ends at 1:04 pm (depending upon viewing location).  The next transit will be in November 2023, so don’t miss this one.

    Of course, you can see it from almost anywhere in the US, but if you want to see it through a solar telescope, and maybe catch a solar prominence or flare, come out to Bok Tower Gardens, to the Oval Lawn and see it up close through our telescopes.

  • 15
    Friday, November 15

    6:00 pm-9:00 pm

    The third Friday of each month, Bartow blocks off Main Street for a big block party.

    Come by the corner of Mains St. and Wilson Ave. to visit us and take a look through our telescopes at the night sky. And if you want to come a little early, we’ll probably be there with solar scopes to view the Sun.

    So, come on out to the block party and the star party.


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/