Tuesday July 25th the waxing crescent Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving north relative to the ecliptic. This is known as the ascending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path has with the ecliptic. The ecliptic is actually the Earth’s orbit and the Moon’s orbit is inclined about 6o from the ecliptic. So there are two node intersections, the ascending and descending nodes.
On July 25th the 2.5-day old waxing crescent Moon will be with the constellation Leo the Lion, and the Moon will be located about than 8o from the heart of the Lion, the star Regulus. Very close to Regulus i s the innermost planet Mercury. This should make for a great view with binoculars or through the eyepiece of a telescope.
Does our Moon actually go around the Earth as many graphics show? From our perspective on the Earth the Moon appears to circle around the Earth. However, in reality, the Moon orbits the Sun together with the Earth*
Read this very informative article about the Earth-Moon system and their orbital motions, written by Joe Hanson. “Do We Orbit the Moon?”