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It is somewhat common for particularly dense neutron stars to form a solid crusts, much like a planet's, with any matter that happens to be around them. At these densities, the neutronium between the crust and the center of mass forms a sort of mineraloid structure (known as "nuclear pasta"). I've been curious as to the chemical properties of this as well as the mechanisms responsible. Does the composition of a neutron star's crust effect the formation of nuclear pasta in any way? For example, would it make a difference if the neutron star formed its crust out of ethane or cyclopropenylidene?
Let us presume that, in a vast, empty stretch of space, there is a large chunk of frozen, concentrated argon about the size of the planet Ceres. In detail, what astrophysical event could this mass undergo that would result in the most complex chemical phenomena?
Precisely what would happen if, suddenly, 87.5% of a given gaseous planet's mass was somehow transformed into pure oxygen, and immediately after, five small asteroids of pure caesium, each possessing a surface area exactly equal to 5% of the gaseous planet's topographic surface area, collided with the newly oxygenated gaseous planet at the same time at equidistant coordinates? Precisely what would be the effects on the astrochemistry and meteorology of the planet, and how would it effect other nearby astral bodies? It's admittedly a vague question with many variables, so I'll provide some spec