The best astro images of 2017

Each month in BBC Sky at Night Magazine we present our favourite images captured by the world's biggest and most hardworking telescopes for our Eye On The Sky image gallery. Here we present a month-by-month selection of the most amazing astrophotos that made our monthly galleries in 2017.

This image from the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile is part of the largest infrared high-resolution mosaic of Orion ever created. It covers the Orion A molecular cloud, the nearest known massive star factory, lying about 1350 light-years from Earth, and reveals many young stars and other objects normally buried deep inside the dusty clouds.

From galaxies and nebulae to the planets and the Sun, view our gallery to see our pick of the top space images captured by the world’s best telescopes in 2017.