Stamp Collecting Month 2015: Our Solar System

A journey into space, exploring the eight major planets circling the sun.

Stamp Collecting Month (SCM) is especially for kids (or the inner child in all of us). It's about encouraging budding philatelists, and sharing some educational facts on an interesting topic. Learn more about the planets that feature on the 2015 SCM stamps, by exploring the fun facts and videos here.

About the ‘Our Solar System’ SCM Stamps

Our 2015 SCM stamp release features the major planets that circle the sun. The inner Solar System includes the small rocky planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars), and the outer Solar System includes the massive gas giants beyond the asteroid belt (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune & Pluto).


Closest to the Sun, Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system…


Hidden under a blanket of clouds, Venus is a hellish world of crushing...


Earth is the largest of the "terrestrial", or rocky, planets…


At 6,799 km Mars is about half the diameter of the Earth…


The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter is a "gas giant"...


Famous for its glorious and complex ring system, Saturn is the sixth planet from...


The first planet to be discovered with the aid of a telescope...


Neptune, the outermost of the major planets, was discovered by telescope...

Activities and resources

If you’re a parent, caregiver or teacher, here are some free SCM resources to share with children. Want some more advice on stamp collecting? Read our tips on starting a collection.

Resources for teachers

Explore the theme of ‘Our Solar System’ focusing on the major planets that circle the sun.

All about stamp collecting

If you’re new to stamp collecting, we’ve got some tips to get you going. The SCM stamp issue is a great place to start.

Stamps: behind the scenes

Find out why stamp collecting is such a popular hobby, and watch how stamps get made.