Fast-moving mystery object flashes across Heathrow Airport

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, meteorite or the atmospheric entry of some other unknown item of space debris.

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

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

METEOR VS METEORITE 

Both meteors and meteorites are formed from meteoroids, small particles from a comet or asteroid orbiting the Sun.

When a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere and vaporises, it creates a meteor, a light phenomenon more commonly known as a shooting star. 

When a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere and vaporises, it creates a meteor, a light phenomenon more commonly known as a shooting star. 

Footage of the incident, which took place on Sunday, was shared by aviation website Airlive.

Their live cam, set up at the major international airport in the London borough of Hillingdon, captured the moment in detail. 

In a tweet publicising the video, a spokesman for the firm described the object as a 'shooting star'.

Writing on the social media site, they said: 'Look at that amazing shooting star our cam just caught in the sky of Heathrow Airport!'

The footage has since been shared widely on Facebook and Twitter, but some disagree with the description given.

Twitter user Paul Mottershead said: 'That was no shooting star. More like a large meteorite.' 

One tongue in cheek tweet by Marcin Kaczmarczyk‏ even suggested alien involvement, by posting the theme tune to paranormal 90s sci-fi TV show The X Files.

Dramatic scenes, captured via a live cam at the airport, show the rapidly moving flash of light descend toward houses below

Dramatic scenes, captured via a live cam at the airport, show the rapidly moving flash of light descend toward houses below

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

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

The object appears to burn up moments later. Social media users have been debating the description of a 'shooting star' given by aviation website Airlive, who captured the footage

The object appears to burn up moments later. Social media users have been debating the description of a 'shooting star' given by aviation website Airlive, who captured the footage

Others commented on the apparent near miss by the approaching airliner.

Facebook user Nikolai Gibson said: 'I wouldn't like one of those to touch an aircraft.'

Both meteors and meteorites are formed from meteoroids, small particles from a comet or asteroid orbiting the Sun.

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