Congestion gives clue to black holes' weight

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WE KNOW they are heavy, but how exactly do you weigh a black hole? The usual way to estimate the mass of black holes orbiting stars is to look at how the star wobbles under the influence of the black hole’s motion. But this method is imprecise, says Nikolai Shaposhnikov, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Instead, Shaposhnikov and Lev Titarchuk, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, thought about the disc of material ripped from the companion star that forms around such black holes. As more matter falls in,