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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February
  • 05
    Saturday, February 05

    7:00 pm-10:00 pm
    02-05-2022
    Colt Creek State Park
    16000 FL-471, Lakeland, FL 33809

    We will be at Colt Creek State Park for an astronomy presentation, rain or shine, and celestial viewing (weather permitting). Colt Creek is one of our best sites with skies dark enough to see the Milky Way. The presentation and viewing is open to the general public. An entrance fee of $4.00 is collected, but it is well worth it to see the universe up close and personal.
    Hope to see you there.

  • 18
    Friday, February 18

    6:00 pm-1:00 am
    02-18-2022-02-19-2022
    Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
    33104 NW 192nd Ave, Okeechobee, FL 34972

    Kissimmee Prairie is hosting an Astronomy Night for campers at their campgrounds. There will be a short presentation starting at 7:00 pm at the park office with celestial viewing afterward (weather permitting). The location for the viewing will be announced at the park.
    Please note: this is for registered campers only.
    See Saturdays event which is open to the public in general.

  • 18
    Friday, February 18

    7:00 pm-3:00 am
    02-18-2022-02-19-2022

    Kissimmee Prairie Astronomy Weekend: February 18-19, 2022.
    We will be at the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park for the weekend.
    We’ll do a presentation on Friday evening (time to be announced) and have celestial viewing after dark.
    Saturday evening will be the same.
    At this time, to attend, you will have to have a camping reservation. But this will be changing some time this Spring.

  • 19
    Saturday, February 19

    6:00 pm-10:00 pm
    02-19-2022
    Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
    33104 NW 192nd Ave, Okeechobee, FL 34972

    Kissimmee Prairie is hosting an Astronomy Night for the general public at the park entrance. There will be a short presentation starting at 7:00 pm with celestial viewing afterward (weather permitting). The location will be at the park entrance.
    Please note: this is for the general public. All are invited.
    The location is dark sky, featuring lots of stars, nebulae and galaxies. It’s awesome viewing.
    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.