# Is it possible neutron stars are actual elements?

As you go up the periodic table (more protons), the ratio of neutrons to protons steadily increases as well. Are we sure there are absolutely no protons and electrons in a neutron star, or could there be so much more neutrons that we cannot measure any protons and electrons? Perhaps then a neutron star is a nucleus of some huge element with a neutron:proton ratio higher than we can distinguish.

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from what is written in wiki I guess the short answer is no, as a neutron star contains ions, electrons and nuclei you could probably not call the whole thing an element: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9e/… –  DrCopyPaste Apr 7 '14 at 11:32
You should provide some reference to what is considered an element. –  harogaston May 3 '14 at 3:12