The nova was discovered independently by two Japanese observers, Yugi Nakamura and Yukio Sakurai. On February 7, the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO
) reported the nova's approximate brightness as magnitude 8.3. It peaked in brightness February 16 at about magnitude 4, according to the average brightness calculated from raw data
posted by the AAVSO. On February 20, the AAVSO posted fresh observations showing that Nova Scorpii 2007 had dimmed to approximately magnitude 4.7.
To find the new star, locate Scorpius in the morning sky and use the finder chart here to locate Antares, Scorpius' brightest star. Then look down and a bit to the left to locate Nova Scorpii 2007. The nova is about the same brightness as the dim star in Orion's head. It will be easily visible with binoculars.