The purpose of the Astronomy Study Unit is to collect and study philatelic material portraying the various aspects of astronomy, solar system, astrophysics, astronomers, and related subjects, and to communicate this knowledge to unit members and other interested persons. Membership info click here. Issue #113 of Astrofax (Vol. 29, Issue 1, Spring 2021) 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 113th issue contains a continuation of the article from a member on the history of astronomy (Part 4) as told through stamps, an article about the possible discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus and the search for life on that planet, and an article on the untimely loss of Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico
In the "New Issues feature," Chile issued a se-tenet stamp highlighting the recent total solar eclipse over the Araucanía region.
Also, Japan released its Astronomical World Series #4 set of stamps. One of the stamps depicts Omauamaua, a visiting object from beyond our Solar System.
The November 2, 2020 issue of Linn's Stamp News features a short article by Linn's editor Michael Baadke on the Astronomy Study Unit.
The Astronomy Study Unit now has a Facebook Group page! Please visit us at https://www.facebook.com/group/astronomystudyunit/.
An article on "Comets and Philately" by Katrin Raynor-Evans
appears in the January-February 2021 issue of
the ATA Topical Time (p. 42). The Topical Time
also features an interview with the author.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced on
Jan. 15, 2021, that they would be releasing a
series of stamps highlighting images of the Sun captured
by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. Update! The solar science stamps are now available for pre-order from USPS.com.
There are several web sites associated with astrophilately. Here are a few:
A great website listing stamps issued from before 1940 to 1956.
An excellent compilation of the history of astronomy through stamps (from the University of Buffalo (NY) Libraries).
Mostly geared towards space stamps, but also lists many astronomy-themed stamps, particularly those associated with astronomical observations, such as the Hubble Space Telescope.
An amazing site of a catalog of stamps and launch covers related to scientific research, including solar research, astrophysics, and planetary exploration all organized by theme. The site is managed by Garry Toth and Dan Hilger, authors of the book Space Weather - A Philatelic Journey, available from the ATA.
Quite an extensive listing by topic and country of space and astronomy stamps.
Not exactly a website and not exactly devoted to astronomy, but this downloadable PDF of over 148 pages details an exhibit on science on stamps from the University of Buffalo libraries. Many descriptions of astrophysics, astronomy, and scientists associated with the discipline.
The Astro Space Stamp Society, based in the UK, is dedicated to everyone who collects space stamps, postcards, covers, signed autographs from astronauts to astrophilatelic memorabilia or just enthusiasts on the Space hobby. The Astro Space Stamp Society publishes the magazine, Orbit.
The Space Study Unit of the American Topical Association, featuring many overlapping themes with the Astronomy Study Unit.
Another study unit of the American Topical Association, which also features overlapping themes with the Astronomy Study Unit.
Calling all astrophiles! There is a fantastic 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 (2018), by Umberto Cavallaro. Also check out the Space Weather - A Philatelic Journey (2019) by meteorologists Garry Toth and Dan Hilger. The book and CD is available from the ATA (Handbook 166-E). The ATA has also published Albert Einstein in Stamps: A Catalog (2020), by Al Raddi (Handbook #169). In 2017, another book by Renato Dicati was published by Springer: Stamping the Earth from Space. The book covers stamps highlighting remote sensing, meteorology, ionospheric studies, and much more that nestly overlaps with astrophilately.