Why is our atmosphere any better at this than Jupiter's? There's way more atmosphere there than here.
Still, it is nice to know we are a much smaller target than Jupiter with a bit more armor plating around us.
Smaller target, yes.
"armor plating"? I have no idea what you're thinking, but the image you see is the top of Jupiter's atmosphere, not it's surface. That's why the "bruise" disappears after a month or two.
My mistake. I very ignorantly assumed that Jupiter’s atmosphere was not as dense, high or active as that of the earth. Thanks for your post, I did a little research and I know better. By armor, I was facetiously meant what little contribution our atmosphere does make in either skipping off shallow glancing blows from meteors, or burning them up somewhat as they plunge through the atmosphere. I did not think Jupiter’s atmosphere was as effective.