First I will say it is apparent they do emit light.
My confusion is in how the light is created.
My understanding is a photon is created when an electron is agitated enough that it jumps into a higher shell (valence? orbit?) and then, not wanting to stay there, jumps back to a lower “shell” releasing a photon in the process.
All well and good so far (assuming I am correct above…if that is wrong let me know).
But in a Neutron Star all the electrons are smushed into the nucleus. How then can the electrons jump around to produce photons? Where are the photons coming from?