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Karen - a neutron star is a star that has gone supernova and subsequently collapsed. When a star goes supernova, its core is compressed and the star's density increases to an incredible level - 1 teaspoonful of typical neutron star material would weigh 100 million tons.This incredible density arises because towards the centre of the star there are fewer electrons and more neutrons. The neutrons are therefore pressed together rather than being separated by electron clouds. As the vast majority of the mass of an atom is in the nucleus, this means that most of the mass is preserved but squeezed into a very small area. A star that originally had twice the mass of our sun would compress to a sphere about 30,000 times smaller than our sun.It is only a small step between a neutron star and a black hole. If the star was 5 times the mass of our sun it would collapse to form a black hole, any smaller and it would become a neutron star.
Ian - don't you think that gravity & the strong force would hold it as a sphere despite the rotation?