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Stunning photograph of rainbow over New York shared on 9/11 anniversary

The image has been shared widely on the anniversary. Credit: Ben Sturner/Twitter

A stunning photograph of a rainbow over New York has been shared hundreds of times on the 14th anniversary of 9/11.

As New York prepared to remember the 3,000 people who lost their lives in the terror attacks, Ben Sturner shared an image on Twitter of a rainbow appearing to originate from the site where the Twin Towers once stood.

It has since been shared hundreds of times, generating emotional responses from people ahead of today's commemorations.

Mr Sturner told NBC News he had taken the photo after stepping out on his balcony to see what the weather was like.

"I see this rainbow, and it's coming from the World Trade Centre and it's the most gorgeous rainbow I've ever seen," he said.

"I took out my phone and started snapping photos."

Official commemorations will take place later today in New York and across the United States.

Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks in 2001 when al-Qaeda members hijacked four planes, crashing two of them in to the World Trade Centre and a third into the Pentagon.

The fourth plane, flight United 93, crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers overpowered the hijackers and took control of the plane.