I wonder how scientists can conclude that the thickness of neutrons on the surface of a neutron star is the same as that on the surface of lead nuclei here on earth. Are neutrons unsquishable?
If you collapse a neutron star further it turns into a black hole.
What determines whether a star is going to be a neutron star or a black hole is the amount of mass the star.A star with mass greater than 3 times the Sun’s gets crushed into a single point, which we call a black hole
From what I understand, the neutrons themselves aren’t being compressed so much as the space between them gets smaller. The neutrons don’t physically push against each other, they resist the compression with something called degeneracy pressure. They can’t occupy the same space, so they will change states before that happens, which creates this pressure that resists the gravitational pressure.