|Traveling from Tromsø to Sommaroy with scenic fjords (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
|Resident Astronomers take a little hike in Sommaroy (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
|Resident Astronomers enjoy dinner with Tromsø lights in background (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
|Trying to see Stars through the clouds in Tromsø, in this 10 second exposure (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
|Using astrometric software to verify pointing of camera (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
So, this little succes was incouraging, but the good luck was not going to continue. Before too long, way before any observable northern lights were expected show up, the clouds and snow came back to block any chance of seeing any lights, nor any more stars.
So, we had to give up for the night. We setup our stateroom TV to enable the bridge crew to announce any possible siting of northern lights, but, as we assumed, not announcement was going to be made during the night. So, we got a full nights sleep and awakened in the morning mostly cloudy skies with some bright spots. We had a panoramic tour through the Tromsø neighborhood and there were giant piles of snow on every corner and open lot. Luckily, there are tunnels and tunnels with roundabouts u dear the city so it is easy to get around even when it is snowing outside.
|Driving on snow covered streets to the Tromso Planetarium on Viking Sky shore excursion (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
Again, the forecast for the coming night was for more snow, so we were once again faced with some coming disappointment. We at least had an opportunity to assuage our disappointment with a northern lights show at the Tromsø Planetarium.
|Stopped at Tromso Planetarium during our Viking Sky shore excursions (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
We saw some collected images and videos of northern lights on the planetarium dome. We still hope to see the real thing in our continuing journey.
Until next time,