Fox News host Brian Kilmeade asserted incorrectly that NASA had sent a probe outside the Milky Way Galaxy to observe an object called Ultima Thule.
Although Ultima Thule is located within our Solar System’s Kuiper belt, Kilmeade repeatedly insisted on Fox & Friends that the New Horizons spacecraft left the “galaxy” during the journey.
“NASA believes it was formed during the birth of the Solar System,” a Fox & Friends newsreader announced on Thursday.
“Those are ice crystals that look like a snowman,” co-host Steve Doocy commented upon seeing a photo of Ultima Thule.
“How great is it that we left our galaxy?” Kilmeade asked, leaving his co-host speechless.
“We are so bored with our galaxy, we’ve left,” he added. “We’re beyond Pluto.”
“Where do you think we are right now?” Doocy wondered.
“No, we haven’t left,” Kilmeade said, failing to clear up the confusion.
“We’re sending pictures from other galaxies!” Kilmeade exclaimed. “We’ve left. I mean, how great is that?”
“Beam me up!” Doocy complained.
“Space exploration,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt added. “Thank you for that insight, Brian.”
For the record, Ultima Thule, which is located inside our Solar System, is about 4 billion miles from the Sun. Our Solar System is located as much as 70,000 light years inside the Milky Way Galaxy, making travel outside the galaxy impossible with current technologies. The nearest galaxy is millions of light years away from the Milky Way.