An incredible picture of a shooting star streaking across the sky above the county was snapped by a lucky stargazer.

The out-of-this-world site was snapped above Cogges Manor Farm in Witney and was shared to the Spotted Witney Facebook community page. 

The image shows the celestial phenomenon zooming across the night sky followed by a white tail, backed by dozens of twinkling stars.

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Shooting stars, or meteors, are caused by tiny specks of dust from space.

These particles burn up 65 to 135 km above Earth's surface as they plunge at high speeds into the upper atmosphere, making the air glow as they pass.

One stargazer from the county who captured a series of shooting stars was not so lucky when they uploaded the “intimate” video to Twitter.

Mary McIntyre’s account was locked three months ago after she tweeted a video of a meteor passing through the night sky over her Oxfordshire home.

She initially received a 12-hour ban after being told that the clip contained “intimate” content that had been shared without a participant’s consent.

The astronomer finally had her account reinstated after pressure from the BBC.


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