TIDK #1 – Neutron star interiors

TIDK = Things I didn’t know.  What I didn’t know until I started gathering the knowledge that in another lifetime may have made me a professional astronomer. This may turn out to be a long list…

I knew that neutron stars were stellar remnants, leftovers of stars that had finished with nuclear fusion and collapsed under their own gravity to the point where protons and electrons were crushed together to create more neutrons to join those that were there already.  So my answer would have been “neutrons” whether you had asked me “what’s the surface made of?” or “what’s the centre made of?”. Neutrons all the way down and through. Continue reading “TIDK #1 – Neutron star interiors”