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.
- 02Saturday, February 02http://polkastro.org/event/bok-towers-dark-sky-celebration/Bok Tower Gardens1151 Tower Blvd. Lake Wales, Florida 33853
Once again, Bok Tower is hosting a Dark Sky Celebration to help educate everyone on the benefits and advantages of dark sky “approved” lighting. It’s not just to keep the skies dark for astronomers; light pollution at night affects plant life, animal life, human life and health, and even our air quality and security.
So, plan to come out and learn more about light pollution and its affects on our world. And don’t forget, we’ll be there with our telescopes for some solar observing before sunset and then look to the stars (and other galactic & universal) goodies after dark. Plan for it. You’ll be glad you came. Come, let us bring the universe to you.
More information can be found at Bok Tower’s website: https://boktowergardens.org/.
- 15Friday, February 15http://polkastro.org/event/february-bartow-friday-fest/
We’ll be in Bartow again in February for their “Block Party”, which is known as the Bartow Friday Fest, on February 15th. We’ll be on the SW corner of Main St. & S. Wilson Ave. The festivities officially begin at 6:00 pm, but we’ll be there before sunset for some solar observing; then, after sunset, we’ll point our telescopes toward the stars and treat you to some of the wonders of the universe.
If you have never looked through a telescope, come by and see what our solar system, our galaxy and our universe looks like up close. I promise, you’ll enjoy it and learn something new. There’s nothing like seeing it for yourself. Come by and let us bring the universe to you.
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/