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Extraordinary footage has captured the moment a mysterious bright object raced across the sky above Heathrow Airport, just seconds ahead of a landing plane.

Dramatic scenes show the rapidly moving flash of light descend toward houses below, before appearing to burn up moments before a huge jet comes into view.

It is not known whether the glowing streak was a meteor or the atmospheric entry of some other unknown item of space debris.

It is also unclear exactly how far away the 'shooting star' is and how near a miss aircraft overhead may have had. 

How do we know it was a "shooting star?" To read more and view the video, click here.