Astronomers believe the V404 Cygni black hole is unlike any discovered so far.
An artist’s impression of what is happening to the structure shows it “wobbling” inside a “spinning top”.
Blue beams of plasma fire out of either side as it continues to move.
To the left of the clip, a star can be seen being pulled into the black hole.
The black hole is some 7,8000 light years away and associate professor James Miller-Jones – from Australia’s Curtin University – says it is the most “extraordinary” he has ever seen.
“Like many black holes, it’s feeding on a nearby star, pulling gas away from the star and forming a disk of material that encircles the black hole and spirals towards it under gravity,” he said.
“What’s different in V404 Cygni is that we think the disk of material and the black hole are misaligned.
“This appears to be causing the inner part of the disk to wobble like a spinning top and fire jets out in different directions as it changes orientation.”
According to Mr Miller-Jones, it was first discovered in 1989 when it suddenly released jets of plasma and radiation.
It led to further research and astronomers soon found that similar outbursts had also happened in 1938, 1956 and 2015.
The news comes after another scientist claimed that a black hole could be at the centre of the Earth.