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.
The Polk County library system is taking time this summer to try to get people of all ages to read more and learn more. Some of the themes this summer are “Space” and “A universe of stories”. And they’ve invited us to give a presentation on Space. We promise, this will be educational, informative and entertaining. Don’t miss it!
Colt Creek is a wonderful place to see the wonders of nature. Hike the trails and see the birds and small animals and smell the flowers. But there’s more to nature than this. What else is there to be seen? The stars and nebulae of our own Milky Way galaxy and galaxies far, far away.
Come out and learn from an educational, informative and entertaining presentation about our universe. Want to know something? Ask questions and get our answers. Then we’ll move outside with our telescopes and let you look at the universe up close.
Sun ‘n Fun has numerous events during the year. Although the International Fly-In is without question, the biggest and most popular event of the year, it’s not the only one. In June, they invite families to “Fly into Summer” with them with projects for the kids and learning experiences for all ages.
But we want you to know, planes aren’t the only thing in the sky. And if you come out, we’ll let you look at the brightest object in the sky, the Sun. We’ll be there with our solar scopes so you can view our own star up close. Maybe there will be a Sunspot or two, or maybe a prominence or flare. But whatever the surface condition, We’re sure you’ll enjoy the view.
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.