Impacting Object Scars Jupiter for Life

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Well, it probably couldn't have happened on a more appropriate anniversary*, but some bored astronomers apparently spotted a new dark "scar" on the surface of Jupiter indicating either impact by a comet or a planet in serious need of anti-depressants.


*In case you missed the reference: It's the anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. [NASA]



Question... I thought Jupiter is a gas giant. A much thicker atmosphere and size than something like our planet. I also remember something about crazy wind systems. I understand how we could see this happen, or see it just after... but how is it that an impact scars a planet like this? Wouldn't the thick atmosphere quickly block our view again?