Asteroid fields are phenomena occasionally encountered by pilots flying through certain star systems. These fields consist of varying sizes and numbers of asteroids moving slowly through space. Starships have automatic asteroid-avoidance built in to their flight-control systems, so such objects are generally considered a nuisance more than a danger. Asteroid fields are commonly classified as sparse, moderate, or dense (in descending order of occurrence).
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Asteroid fields can affect gameplay during combat, as skilled pilots will often use asteroids to block or distract weapons targeting their vessels. A dense asteroid field can make it difficult to attack other vessels at long range, even if they do not employ active evasion tactics. Players interested in asteroid mining generally find the most lucrative opportunities in systems with dense fields.