Thursday morning briefing: Star gazing, music acts and defending a pardon

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing.

Star gazing

Star gazer Sheila Behr of Portales tells us that this week anyone can look up in the sky and see the closest supernova to earth in the last 25 years.

All you need are a pair of at least 20×80 binoculars.

Supernovas are exploding stars and this one was only recently discovered in the sky.

Better hurry though. It’s at peak activity is Friday and astronomers say Tuesday — the day after the full moon — may be the best night to see it.

Here’s a link to show you how: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/07/supernova-2011-ptf-11kly_n_952485.html

Music Festival

Friday’s entertainment highlights for the Clovis Music Festival start at 7 p.m. in the Curry County Events Center.

The show includes Buddy Holly’s niece, Sherry Holley, singing with documentary producer Larry Cappetto; The Fireballs; and a Beatles act, Louise Harrison presents The Liverpool Legends.

Doors open at 6 p.m. $20 general admission.

Information: 763-3435.

Quirky quote of the day

“Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.” — Mae West

Kitchen tip

To restore color and shine to an aluminum pan, boil some apple peels in it for a few minutes, then rinse and dry.

Today in history

On this day in 1974, President Gerald Ford pardons his disgraced predecessor Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed or participated in while in office.

Ford later defended this action before the House Judiciary Committee, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ford-pardons-nixon

Weather

Today — Partly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Tonight — Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. East wind around 5 mph.