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Is it possible to see satellites with the naked eye?

Every now and then I notice some very bright "stars" in the sky. They tend to be very few (one or two, usually), and are quite much brighter than any other star out there. Often they're perfectly visible and bright even in dusk, when no other star is visible yet or will be for some time to come.

Now, I'm writing the word "star" in quotes because I really don't think that they're stars. But what are they? Planets? Satellites? Latest Chuck Norris encounters leaving the atmosphere?

My best guess would be that they are satellites, because planets should be about the same brightness as stars, but that sounds pretty implausible as well... And yes, I'm very certain that they are NOT airplanes.