Not long after sunset, the first brighter stars appeared in the night sky and Jupiter was shining like a bright beacon above Tromsø in the east. The red planet Mars could be seen above the mountains in the north and the Milky Way stretched across the deep-blue sky with the summer constellations still high.
As the skies got darker, the Andromeda Galaxy could be seen - a beautiful sight long-missed during the midnight-sun period. Around midnight, I pointed by binoculars to the rich Milky Way region where comet Garradd is currently to be found and was surprised that is was possible to see with simple binoculars.
At the same time, faint whisps and patches, like of smoke, could all of a sudden be seen high up, mostly right above my head or somewhat to the south-west. I pointed my camera, equipped with a wide-angle lens, to the greenish patches and took some exposures and was surprised when I saw what the camera had registered. Visually, it looked like very faint auroras without much structure, but my camera saw something else than me - deep sky auroras!
The Milky Way and deep-sky auroras
Auroras and the Milky Way