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- Moon Name: Elara
- Designation: Jupiter VII
- Date Discovered: January 5th, 1905
- Discovered by: Charles D. Perrine
- Average Orbit of Jupiter: 7,295,519.16 mi
- Total Volume: 79,900.06 mi3
- Surface Area: 8,971.16 mi2
14 Elara Facts for Kids
- Elara is one of the 79 known moons of the planet Jupiter.
- Elara is named after the mother of the giant Tityos in Greek mythology.
- Elara is also designated as Jupiter VII.
- Elara was discovered on January 5th, 1905 by American astronomer Charles Perrine.
- The average orbit distance for Elara is 7,295,519.16 miles.
- The total surface area of Elara is 8,971.16 mi2.
- The total volume of Elara is 79,900.06 mi3.
- Elara takes over 259.6 days to complete an orbit around Jupiter.
- Elara is the fifteenth closest moon to the planet Jupiter.
- Elara is the seventh most massive moon orbiting Jupiter.
- Elara is one of the five moons in the Himalia group orbiting Jupiter.
- Elara is the second largest moon in the Himalia group.
- One hypothesis of the origins of Elara is that it’s a capture C or D type asteroid.
- Images of Elara were taken by the NASA New Horizons spacecraft in 2007 from 5 million miles away.
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