Asteroid 263251, Pandabear, was discovered on January 6, 2008 by Paul A. Wiegert and Amanda Papadimos at Mauna Kea Observatories. It has a period of 3 years, 147 days,

It was named for the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), an appealing and popular animal native to China which is an endangered species.

Giant panda

The meaning of asteroid Pandabear, according to Henk Middleraad, is: cute; it can also possibly refer specifically to, pandas.

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