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 #112 of Astrofax (Vol. 28, Issue 4, Winter 2020) 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 112th issue contains a continuation of the article from a member on the history of astronomy (Part 3) as told through stamps and an interesting article about Hanns Hoerbiger and his "cosmic ice theory" movement of the late 19th and early 20th century.
In the "New Issues feature," Slovakia issued a new stamp depicting honoring the birth of astronomer/priest Maximillian Hell.
Also, the Australian Antarctic Territory released a
set of stamps about their new icebreaker ship and depicting the southern aurora.
ANNOUNCING: 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/.
The American Topical Association has a new website
and has released a new book: Albert Einstein on
Stamps: A Catalog, an in-depth exploration
of how one of the world's most famous scientists has
been depicted in modern postage stamps. Check the ATA site for details and ordering.
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.
An article by Katrin Raynor-Evans on astrophilately has been published in the November 2020 issue of Astronomy magazine.
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.
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)