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Single, Non-Rotating, Distorted Black Hole

Low amplitude disturbance: gravitational waves

As the system evolves in time part of the gravitational wave propagates toward the black hole and part moves away. In response to the perturbed waves, the black hole oscillates and emits lobes of gravitational waves, just as a bell emits sound waves when struck by a mallet. When struck, the black hole, like the bell, will ring at a characteristic frequencey determined by its mass. As the vibrations die away, the hole slowly returns to its quiet, undisturbed state.

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