To search for new planets, PlanetQuest developed the Transit Detection Algorithm (TDA), photometric (light-measuring) method, which can automatically detect new planets, using the optical information from ground-based telescopes. The TDA has also been adapted for use in NASA'sKepler Mission. Some of the data gathered from Kepler will be processed by PlanetQuest.
Those working with PlanetQuest are encouraged to participate in the project's discussion group hosted by Google, where members are able to get project updates, work together to advance the project's goals, find support, and learn how to best make use of the BOINC software on their systems or networks.
Note: The PlanetQuest website has not been updated since 2006.