NASA's Hubble Telescope recently discovered a supermassive black hole that challenges existing theories of the universe, according to a report.
The black hole, about 250 million times heavier than the sun, sits at the heart of the NGC 3147 spiral galaxy and is 140 million light-years away from Earth.
A thin "accretion disk" was spotted around the black hole, containing debris and gas flowing rapidly around the edge, according to findings published Thursday in the Royal Astronomical Society's Monthly Notices.
The black hole was unusual in that its gravitational attraction did not capture the disk of material, which was moving at 10% of the speed of light, according to the newspaper.
The lead author, Stefano Bianchi, said it was "the same type of disc that we see in 1,000 or even 100,000 times brighter objects."
"Predictions of current models of gas dynamics in very weak active galaxies have clearly failed," added Bianchi.
By observing the disc blocking starlight, the researchers were able to better study the processes taking place near the edge of the black hole. The team has announced plans to study more galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope in the future to find disks of similar materials.