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Single, Non-Rotating, Distorted Black Hole

High amplitude disturbance: close-up with "height mapping"

The same simulation is shown again using a height field. The black hole horizon suddenly grows larger as it swallows some of the gravitational wave energy. At this point the early strong ripples of gravitational waves give way to shallow gentle oscillations. Even this strongly distorted black hole quickly settles down towards its final quiet state.

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