"Are the stars out tonight?" crooned The Flamingos, Art Garfunkel, and many other artists who covered the lovely ballad, "I Only Have Eyes for You." Get the answer to that question and a whole bunch more at the Star Party, to be held on Tuesday evening, June 3 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Boston Common Parade Ground near the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets. Admission is free.

Presented by the American Astronomical Society, members of the AAS and area amateur astronomy clubs will provide telescopes and help direct the gazes of guests to Mars, Saturn, the Moon, and other cosmological highlights. The group says that it will also be on the lookout for more obscure asteroids, double stars, and distant galaxies. It's a unique opportunity for budding astronomers of all ages to get their hands on powerful telescopes and fire queries at knowledgeable stargazers.

The AAS is holding the event in conjunction with a national meeting it will be presenting at the Westin Copley Place. Planetary scientists, physicists, geologists, and other folks whose math SAT scores were considerably higher than mine will be pondering topics such as "Gamma-ray Constraints on the EBL and the IGMF" at the conference. If you have the slightest clue what that workshop might be about, bless you.

Here's hoping the weather will cooperate, and the skies will be clear on June 3. (If necessary, weather updates and logistics will be available on the AAS Facebook page.) If you do go to the Star Party, have a great time, and please respect the equipment. While you might be tempted, and it would probably be really cool, the astronomers probably wouldn't appreciate it if you aimed one of the telescopes up Boylston Street and focused on the Citgo sign.

Photo: American Astronomical Society