Time Dilation Explained
Lag in EVE is generally caused by a high volume of players performing complex actions in space. The reason for this lag is that each player requires a certain amount of actions to be processed in a timely fashion, and that during a high load situation our hardware cannot keep up with player demand, this is most noticeable in fleet fight scenarios.
How It Looks In The Client
When a node has a certain amount of load (due to player activity) all systems on that node will show an icon representing the current Time Dilation. You can see the icon on the screenshot, which has a yellow colour.
The rule of the thumb is:
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