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MAPS 2014 Conference at Maryland Science Center’s Davis Planetarium

Renew, Refresh, Revive!

Maryland Science Center’s Davis Planetarium at Baltimore, Maryland
September 10-13, 2014

Downloadable Documents
Cover Letter [PDF]
Conference Information Summary [PDF]
Attendee Registration Form [PDF]
Proposal to Present [PDF]

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Conference Information Summary

Conference Host:

Maryland Science Center’s Davis Planetarium (MSC) 601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Please direct any conference questions to: Wendy Ackerman


The Davis Planetarium is equipped with Sky Skan’s Definity Projection System along with an optical/mechanical Minolta star projector under a 50-foot diameter Astro-Tech dome and 140 Signature Planetarium seats by Irwin Seating Company.

Conference Hotel:

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore (directly across the street from MSC) 550 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Rates: $179/night (single or double occupancy) — $199/night (triple occupancy)

Call to reserve: 1(800) 766-3782 or (410) 234-0550
Reservation info to provide: Block Name – Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society Cut-off date: August 1, 2014

Parking cost: $20/day self-park, $26/day valet parking

Alternate parking: Arrow Garage, 11 E Lee Street ($18/24 hrs)


Conference Highlights:

Workshops throughout conference to get hands-on with astronomy education Wednesday evening reception on the scenic roof-top of MSC (tented)
MSC’s roof-top Observatory open each evening as weather permits


Frank Summers, Astrophysicist, Space Telescope Science Institute

Fred Espenak, Mr. Eclipse (

Alan Stern, Principal Investigator, New Horizons mission enroute to Pluto

Lisa May, Lead Program Executive, NASA Mars Exploration Program

Margaret Noble Address b:

Carter Emmart Director of Astrovisualization

Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History

Live music after the banquet – bring your dancing shoes! (and silly hats)

Saturday conference extension includes:

Getting ready for “The Year of Pluto”, Mars Mania & more


Preliminary Conference Schedule:

Wednesday – September 10, 2014

Anytime – Vendor Hall set-up
Afternoon – Check-In, Conference Registration Evening – Reception at MSC

includes speaker Frank Summers and ‘Hubble 3D’ in IMAX along with Observatory and Planetarium shows Late evening – Taurus session?

Thursday – September 11, 2014

Morning – Breakfast at MSC, Vendor Hall open, workshops and presentations Afternoon – Lunch with speaker Fred Espenak, workshops and presentations Evening – Dinner with speaker Alan Stern, Planetarium Programs, Observatory Late evening – Taurus session?

Friday – September 12, 2014

Morning – Breakfast at MSC, Business meeting, Vendor Hall open, workshops and presentations

Afternoon – Lunch with speaker Lisa May, workshops and presentations Evening – Banquet at hotel, Margaret Noble Address Carter Emmart

Live music from The Real Geniuses to follow Late evening – Taurus session?

Saturday – September 13, 2014

Morning – Breakfast at MSC, workshops and presentations topics include New Horizons/Pluto, MAVEN/Mars

Afternoon – Lunch, workshops and presentations evaluations, door-prizes, closing remarks

Conference concludes at 4:00pm


Other Local Events/Info:

Star-Spangled Celebration September 6-16
Event crescendo Saturday, September 13 with patriotic concert and Fireworks over Fort McHenry & Inner Harbor
more information and detail at:

Baltimore Orioles host New York Yankees September 12, 13 and 14 more information and detail at:

Nearby attractions within walking distance or accessible by water taxi Federal Hill Historic District

Fells Point
Fort McHenry
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, shopping and dining American Visionary Art Museum
National Aquarium in Baltimore