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.

Star factory: the Orion A molecular cloud, as captured by the VISTA infrared telescope, contains many young stars. ESO/VISION survey

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.