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.
- 20Friday, March 20http://polkastro.org/event/bartow-friday-fest-3/Bartow Friday FestMain St. & E. Wilson Ave., Bartow
The 3rd Friday of every month is Friday Fest in Bartow. Its a block party for the city. We set up at Main St. & S Wilson Ave. with our telescopes for the public to stop by and look at what’s up in the night sky that night. The party starts at 6:00 pm, but we’ll be there a little earlier with solar scopes to look at the Sun.
So, come on out and see what’s in the night sky.
- 31Tuesday, March 31http://polkastro.org/event/sun-n-fun-international-fly-in-2-2/Sun 'n Fun Fly-in & Expo4175 Medulla Rd, Lakeland, FL 33811
Every year, thousands of people come to see the exhibits and the airshows. But there’s more in the sky than airplanes. Every year, we’re there during the day to let everyone look at the Sun through our solar telescopes and then at the stars and other wonders of the universe at night. We’ll be in front of the museum during the day and at the “compass rose” in front of the Sunset Grille at night. See you there.
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/