They say Jupiter is made mostly of hydrogen so if i throw a match will the whole planet burn away?

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  • Paula
    Lv 7
    12 months ago
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    Jupiter IS mostly hydrogen.

    But there is no oxygen there.

    So nothing can burn.

    Incidently --

    The sun is mostly hydrogen.

    And its surface temperature is over 4000 C

    And there is oxygen there.

    But the sun still does not burn !!!

    It is too hot for any chemical reaction to take place.

  • 12 months ago

    If your match can make the hydrogen atoms fuse into helium atoms you can make a big explosion.

  • 12 months ago

    No. There is no oxygen to burn with the hydrogen.

  • Clive
    Lv 7
    12 months ago

    Of course not. You need oxygen as well for anything to burn. There isn't any there, or not much.

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  • 12 months ago


    You could take a Flamethrower to Jupiter and it wouldn't phase it a bit

    It is so Big, you could put 3 Earths inside the Great Red Spot

    Besides there is no Oxygen and that is one of the things needed

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  • 12 months ago

    No; And, really - there are *huge* lightning bolts there already - essentially huge matches - and, Jupiter is still there.

    To burn hydrogen, you need some sort of oxidizer - like oxygen, for example - for hydrogen to combust... and, there's simply not much free oxygen there.

  • 12 months ago

    No. The Hydrogen is the fuel but you need an oxidizer to make it burn. If you have a jar filled with 100% hydrogen you can heat it up as much as you want and it will not ignite because there is no oxygen. Same with the planet Jupiter.

  • 12 months ago

    No. No oxygen (well, only puny amounts).

    However, if you brought enough oxygen (far more than ALL the oxygen on Earth -- therefore, we won't let you take it here), you could burn up all of Jupiter's hydrogen, methane, etc.

    2H + O2 --> H20

    methane + Oxygen + burning --> CO2

    carbonated water!

    You would end up with a gigantic planet made of bubbly water. More water than the entire water reserve of Earth.

    Except that we don't know what happens to water under that much pressure (thinking of the centre core).

  • 12 months ago

    Rapid oxidation (i.e. fire) needs oxygen.

  • 12 months ago

    hydrogen requires oxygen to burn. Hydrogen by itself or mixed with other gases will not burn.

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