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Constellations stamps star in national stamp collecting month celebration

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Millions of stars took a celestial trip through the galaxy in the form of postage today when the U.S. Postal Service issued the Constellations commemorative postage stamps at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Stargazers won't need telescopes to see Orion, Leo, Lyra, and Pegasus today. These four well known constellations are available for viewing close-up in Michigan Post Offices today. They can be seen nationwide day and night, in fact 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Post Offices and Philatelic Centers beginning Oct. 4.

This year's theme for National Stamp Collecting Month, which runs through October, is "Be a Stargazer: Let the Stars Guide You into Stamp Collecting!" It is a shared effort by the U.S. Postal Service and astronomers to familiarize stamp collectors with astronomical sciences. These stamps are expected to be very appealing to both children and adults.

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