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Why doesn't the hydrogen on Mercury ignite when Mercury is so close to the Sun?

Check your information source: there is no hydrogen or oxygen (required for "burning") on Mercury. Even my little pocket encyclopedia says that Mercury has a very tenuous atmosphere, mostly helium and argon. Hydrogen is found only in the atmospheres of the big gaseous planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, and maybe on some of their moons.


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