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 #109 of Astrofax (Vol. 28, Issue 1, Spring 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 109th issue contains articles from a guest contributor Katrin Raynor-Evans on recent astronomy stamps from the UK and an article on NASA's
Spitzer Space Telescope, which was
decommissioned in January 2020.
There are several great new issues from
Brazil's new series of zodiac stamps and
an aurora stamp from the Åland Islands.
Katrin's article describes the fantastic
new UK astrophysics issue, Visions of the
Also check out the January-February
2020 issue of Topical Time for an article on
stamps from the 1958-59 International Geophysical Year (IGY).
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 source of space and astronomy themed stamps issued from almost every country from the past to the present.
Mostly geared towards space stamps, but also lists many astronomy-themed stamps, particularly those associated with astronomical observations, such as the Hubble Space Telescope.
Not fancy, but does list qute a number of physicist-themed stamp issues, many of whom are also astronomers and astrophysicists.
Quite an extensive listing by topic and country of space and astronomy 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.
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 also featuring overlapping themese with the Astronomy Study Unit.
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.