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263251 Pandabear (2008 AA119)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2263251
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Orbit Diagram
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Orbit Viewer applet originally written and kindly provided by Osamu Ajiki (AstroArts), and further modified by Ron Baalke (JPL).

Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457600.5 (2016-Jul-31.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 9 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .1367462461772315 1.765e-07  
a 2.260943401767913 2.4155e-08 au
q 1.951767878756971 4.1356e-07 au
i 6.663450065095668 8.5531e-06 deg
node 110.3624250817229 8.1658e-05 deg
peri 241.1887554240895 8.9413e-05 deg
M 301.3176329807058 3.5432e-05 deg
tp 2457802.912852662420
0.00012443 JED
period 1241.746552836095
n .2899142334462501 4.646e-09 deg/d
Q 2.570118924778855 2.7458e-08 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      104  
   data-arc span      4160 days (11.39 yr)  
   first obs. used      2003-10-24  
   last obs. used      2015-03-15  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .72277  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2015-Apr-08 00:19:25  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = .954589 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 2.8278 au 
 T_jup = 3.599 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 17.4 mag n/a MPO268282  

263251 Pandabear           Discovered 2008 Jan. 6 by P. A. Wiegert and A. Papadimos at Mauna Kea.
The Giant Panda is an endangered species and is a favourite animal to many. This is to honour this cute and wonderful animal and should the giant panda ever become extinct then at least one will still exist in our solar system.
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