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Vast moor with hen flying — a feature of autumn night sky? (7,4)


I believe the answer is:

harvest moon

'a feature of autumn night sky?' is the definition.
(term for the September full moon)

'vast moor with hen flying' is the wordplay.
'with' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'flying' indicates anagramming the letters (letters fly around into new positions).
'vastmoor' after 'hen' is 'henvastmoor'.
'henvastmoor' with letters rearranged gives 'HARVEST MOON'.

(Other definitions for harvest moon that I've seen before include "Lunar appearance closest to autumn equinox" , "One may appear in September" , "It's seen close to the autumn equinox" , "Regular spectacle overhead" , "Mid-September occurrence in the night sky" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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