# Why does Titan's atmosphere not start to burn?

If Titan has a methane atmosphere and seas of methane, then why doesn't some meteoroid / chemical reaction ignite and blow the whole thing?

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It is a very legitimate question, please don't misinterpret me. I have upvoted it. But that "blow the whole thing" together with the mental picture it suggests, suddenly made laugh like hell. – Eduardo Guerras Valera Oct 27 '13 at 22:12
Maybe i have seen too many sci-fi movies. – cowboysaif Oct 29 '13 at 5:26
I love sci-fi too, and have read nearly all that Philip Dick wrote. The question is ok, it's just the lack of oxigen in that atmosphere what prevents "the whole thing to blow" (I am happy I have learnt that expression, my english has improved a bit!). Having the enormous amount of $O_{2}$ we have in our Earth atmosphere is a very rare thing. It is sustained by algae and plants. Otherwise, oxygen would be combined with other things, like it happens in Mars, and you would not be able to light a match here. – Eduardo Guerras Valera Oct 29 '13 at 11:53
If a water ice meteor colided with it, it would also bring oxygen as H2 O. Wouldn't that ignite? – Robert Nov 30 '15 at 13:30
@Robert You'd probably get some reaction, because CO2 bonds are stronger than H2O bonds:chemguide.co.uk/physical/energetics/bondenthalpies.html Since it's hard to ignite gasoline under water, I expect you'd see a far slower reaction than what we usually call fire. – Wayfaring Stranger Nov 30 '15 at 16:56