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The brightest nova for many years was discovered by the Japanese observer Koichi Itagaki on Aug 14th 2013. At discovery it was approx mag 6.8.
Unfortunately, that evening was cloudy in the UK, as was the following evening and UK based observers didn't get their first view of the nova until Aug 16th.
The nova peaked in brightness about two days after discovery, having brightened by another two magnitudes.
By early September, the nova had faded by approx 2.5 magnitudes. The fade then slowed briefly before picking up speed again.
The nova was allocated the "permanent" designation of V339 Delphini.
Added by: Tracie Heywood