This is a Random Event. Occurs in:
When you get to the beacon you quickly try to locate the source of the distress call. As you are looking, the signal blinks out. It is then that you notice the small fleet of scavenger ships absorbing debris from a large battle nearby. You can't help but wonder where the distress signal came from, but you decide not to risk pressuring the fleet.
- Nothing happens.
This event is called "LANIUS_DISTRESS_TOOLATE" in the datafiles.