True North is the direction toward the Earth's North axis of rotation. The North axis of rotation is the geographic position where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects with the surface. This position is also called the Earth's geographic North pole. The Earth's rotational axis is the same as the celestial axis and the North axis points almost at the star Polaris, the North Star. Compasses align themselves along the Earth's magnetic axis. The magnetic North pole is not in the same geographic position as the geographic North pole.