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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    Tuesday, April 02

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

    There’s more in the sky at Sun ‘n Fun than planes. Whether you want to see the show during the day or at night, don’t limit yourself to planes.

    We’ve been there for years. We have pilots from around the world look us up to view the universe through our telescopes. So if you want to see more than planes, come see us. We’ll be in front of the museum from 10 am to 4 pm, looking at the Sun. Then we’ll move our scopes out to the Compass Rose at 6 pm or so to view the wonders of the universe.

    So if you like planes, space , or both, come see us at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in & Expo April 2nd-6th, 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/