The South Plains Astronomy Club is a small group of active astronomers who enjoy observing under the beautifully dark West Texas skies while being serenaded by coyotes and night birds. We’re a friendly bunch who enjoy showing newcomers the night skies and discussing the latest in telescopes, astro-imaging, astronomical discoveries and space exploration.


Clouds are one of the major factors that determine whether you can observe. There are a number of websites that provide up-to-date satellite imagery showing the extent of cloud cover on a regional basis. Links to a few of these websites are provided below. Visible satellite imagery is useful during the daytime to track approaching weather systems. At night, infrared satellite imagery shows the presence or absence of cloud cover.

GOES Image Viewer (Southern Plains)

Visible Satellite Image for the Lubbock Region

Infrared Satellite Image for the Lubbock Region



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Questions or comments? Email SPAC@cat-star.org