; Greek: Ελάρα) is a prograde irregular satellite of Jupiter. It was discovered by CharlesDillon Perrine at Lick Observatory in 1905.
It is the eighth largest moon of Jupiter and is named after Elara, oneof Zeus's lovers and the mother of the giant Tityos.
Elara did not receive its present name until 1975; before then, it was simply known as
. It was sometimescalled "Hera"
between 1955 and 1975.Elara belongs to the Himalia group, five moons orbiting between 11 and 13 Gm from Jupiter at an inclination of about 27.5°.
Its orbital elements are as of January 2000. They are continuously changing due to solar and planetaryperturbations.
New Horizons encounter
In February and March 2007, the New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto captured Elara in several LORRI images from adistance of five million miles.
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sstr=507)•Elara Profile (http:/
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html)•Jupiter's Known Satellites (http:/
html) (by Scott S.Sheppard)