Fire On Exoplanets?
September 13, 2013 7:52 AM Subscribe
How likely is it that fire (as in open flame) will exist on extra-solar planets?
posted by quin to science & nature (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Give the specific needs of fire: oxygen, heat, and fuel, what is the likelyhood of it being common on other planets (I know that we are still at the best guess stage with exoplanets, and I know that the universe is a big place, lots of possibilities etc.)
I'm specifically not talking about fusion, as it doesn't need oxygen, but open flame. Is it possible that fire exists in the same Goldilocks zone as our predictions on where we are most likely to find life? Or are the three components common enough that open flame is just going to be one of those things that exists everywhere?