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ATA Astronomy Study Unit

In 2022, the ASU is celebrating its 50th Anniversary as a Study Unit of the ATA! Click here for more info.

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.


Check out how to become a member!



The Astronomy Study Unit publishes the Astrofax, the official bulletin of the ATA Astronomy Study Unit. We are always looking for contributors.

Please also visit the Astronomy Study Unit on our new ASU Facebook Group page!


For Astrofax contributions, contact:

Gene R. Major

10936 Kathleen Court

Columbia, Maryland 21044




ASU History

The first Astrofax, Vol 1, No. 1 was issued in July 1972. By 1973, ASU had 44 members and George G. Young was the Secretary/Treasurer. The Astrofax issue in 1989 listed the editor as Eckehard Schmidt of Germany and Michael Seeds of Franklin & Marshall College as Associate Editor.


From 1999 to 2001, no issues of Astrofax were issued until Volume 14, edited by Michael Howell.

In 2006 George G. Young passed away and Michael Howell single-handedly ran Astrofax as Editor.


In March 2007, John Budd stepped in as Secretary/Treasurer. Michael Howell became ill after the 2011issue and publication halted until Leonard Zehr took up the reigns with the 2015 issue. With the December 2018 issue, John Budd (President Emeritis) retired and Leonard Zehr took on the Secretary/Treasurer role and Gene Major became the Astrofax Editor.



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