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Imagine the smell...
    
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I heard we (the US) are going to invade them for their methane
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Imagine the smell...
Clearly you have been the planet that rains burning sulfur
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by Fr0sty View Post
cant imagine the damage a spark would do to that planet
you need Oxygen to burn methane?

and the planet is -180. you probably couldn't make a spark even if you tried
    
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you need Oxygen to burn methane?
You need oxygen to "burn" anything

Oh, I see. It was rhetorical =)
    
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I believe Titan is a moon.
According to Fontenelle all the moon's are planets!*

Really though, this is a great look at the systems of Titan as it is quite an interesting study. Surprisingly the atmosphere is I believe 3-4 times more substantial than Earth, and when combined with the low gravity the old Greek myths of Icarus might be possible.

For anyone interested in a practical look you can do yourself, Saturn is just re-entering a viewing season, and the rings are once again opening to our view. If anyone has a chance to take a look through a telescope, as long as it's over 2-3'' of aperture you should be able to spot Titan as the brightest moon. Sadly it will just appear to be a spec of light unless you have extremely good seeing, coupled with large aperture and very high magnification but at least you'll be able to see a nice view of Saturn at the same time.

*Fontenelle's Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds
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post #27 of 29
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You need oxygen to "burn" anything

Oh, I see. It was rhetorical =)

Then how do you burn oxygen???
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Then how do you burn oxygen???
with itself. derp.

or with magnets = miracles

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Then how do you burn oxygen???
You don't.

If I understand correctly, Oxygen is just an oxidizer, something that allows fuel to burn. In the presence of pure oxygen, fuels will burn readily. Since oxygen is a very strong oxidizer, other oxidizing agents don't allow it to "burn".
    
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