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The purpose of the Astronomy Study Unit is to collect and study philatelic material portraying the various aspects of astronomy, astrology, and related subjects, and to communicate this knowledge to unit members and other interested persons. Membership info click here.  Issue #107 of Astrofax (Vol. 27, Issue 3, Fall 2019) is now available for members. If you did not get your issue, contact Leonard Zehr. If you want to become a member and receive Astrofax, click here. For a sample issue of the Astrofax, click here. The 107th issue contains articles from our members on the Summer Solstice and special stamps/cancellations from India; an article on the Sundial Meeting in Germany with a special cover; the Nebra Sky Disc, an ancient astronomical artifact depicted on a 2008 stamp from Germany; and several great new issues from Portugal and Brazil commemorating "Einstein's Eclipse," a new series of zodiac stamps from Brazil, new astrophysics issues from Germany, and a total eclipse stamp and cover from Chile.


 

There are several web sites associated with astrophilately. Here are a few:

 

World's Oldest Astronomy Stamps

A great website listing stamps issued from before 1940 to 1956.

 

Space & Astronomy Stamps

An excellent source of space and astronomy themed stamps issued from almost every country from the past to the present.

 

Collect Space Stamps

Mostly geared towards space stamps, but also lists many astronomy-themed stamps, particularly those associated with astronomical observations, such as the Hubble Space Telescope.

 

Physicists on Stamps

Not fancy, but does list qute a number of physicist-themed stamp issues, many of whom are also astronomers and astrophysicists.

 

Weebau Space Stamp Catalog

Quite an extensive listing by topic and country of space and astronomy stamps.

 

Science on Stamps

Not extactly a website and not exactly devoted to astronomy, but this downloadable PDF of over 148 pages details an exhbit on sciennce on stamps from the University of Buffalo libraries. Many descriptions of astrophysics, astronomy, and scientists associated with the discipline.

 

Space Study Unit

The Space Study Unit of the American Topical Association, featuring many overlapping themes with the Astronomy Study Unit.

 

Chemistry and Physics Study Unit

Another study unit of the American Topical Association also  featuring overlapping themese with the Astronomy Study Unit.

 

Astrophilately Book!

Calling all astrophiles! There is a fantastic recent book devoted to astronomy and astrophilately: Stamping Through Astronomy (2013) by Renato Dicati (ISBN 978-88-470-2828-9). The book explores the wonders of astronomy through stamps and philatelic materials. Lots of stamps in full color and a good read. The book is available through Amazon and other book dealers. See the September 2016 Astrofax for a review of this fine book! Also check out the June 2017 issue for a review of the book, Stamping Through Mathematics, by Robin J. Wilson. A must have with lots of related astrophilately subjects! Also, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, check out The Race to the Moon Chronicled in Stamps, Postcards, and Postmarks: A Story of Puffery vs. the Pragmatic, by Umberto Cavallaro. Also check out the Space Weather - A Philatelic Journey by meteorologists Garry Toth and Dan Hilger. The book and CD is available from the ATA.

If you love astronomy and stamp collecting, then the Astronomy Study Unit is for you.
 
Chartered in 1972 as a charter member of the American Topical Association, membership in the ASU is open to anyone with an interest in astrophilately. Visit here for more information on the 2019 ATA show.
 
Dues are only $8.00 per year and includes a digital subscription to Astrofax, the official publication of the ASU.

ASU News:
Our long-time Secretary/Treasurer, John Budd, has retired and  Leonard Zehr has taken on the reigns. Many thanks to John for his many years of service with ASU and all those fantastic checklists! Gene Major has taken on the role as Editor of the Astrofax. ASU members are encouraged and more than welcome to submit articles for any Astrofax issues!
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