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Shielding the Hunter
While many of the stars of Orion are among the brightest in the night sky, those in his shield are fainter. They are labeled with the Greek letter pi followed by numbers, from top to bottom. The brightest, pi-3, is similar to the Sun, and appears relatively bright only because it's just 26 light-years away. Orion is high in the south on February evenings.