This is a Random Event. Occurs in:
The intro text for this event varies, and could be any of the following:
- Minute fissures in the shields spark and crackle as the ship jumps into the wake of a huge asteroid. More asteroids follow, as does a lost and aggressive Rock pirate ship.
- You exit the jump surrounded by dirt and rocks. Before long a blast is deflected by your shield, but that was no asteroid... Incoming pirate!
- Fight a Rock pirate ship (default rewards).
This event is called "ROCK_PIRATE_ASTEROID" in the datafiles.