8373 Stephengould (1992 AB) is an outer main-belt binary asteroid discovered on January 1, 1992 by Carolyn S. Shoemaker and Eugene Merle Shoemaker at Palomar. The asteroid was named after the Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould. The asteroid has a very high inclination, having the second highest inclination of any of the first 10,000 discovered asteroids in the asteroid belt, after 2938 Hopi.
This is a member of the Griqua family of asteroids that share similar orbital elements. It is one of very few asteroids located in the 2 : 1 mean motion resonance with Jupiter.
The asteroid has a moon orbiting it, discovered in 2010 with an orbital period of 1 day, 10 hours, and 9 minutes.
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